Correspondence

Scope and Content

The correspondence comprises incoming letters to Frere and copies of his outgoing,mail. Among the incoming mail were enclosed letters, or copies of letters, passing between the other parties concerned with the conversations so that not all the letters deposited were directed to Frere at the first instance, Many of the incoming letters are annotated by him and some of his outgoing mail was revised. The bulk of the correspondence concerns the years 1925 and 1926 and enclosed with the letters were a number of memoranda, including Lord Halifax's notes on the conversations, the first draft of the report on the,conversations, and notes on the meeting of the Anglican group with the Archbishop of Canterbury on 22 June 1926.
The most frequent of Frere's correspondents were Lord Halifax, the Archbishop of Canterbury and B.J. Kidd, Warden of Keble College, Oxford. Other members of the Anglican group, J. Armitage Robinson and Bishop Gore,, also wrote to Frere on occasions. A few letters, or copies of letters, survive from the Catholic representatives, Cardinal J.D. Mercier, Mgr. later Cardinal) Van Reey, Mgr. Battifol, l'Abbé Hemmer and l'Abbé Portal.
The few letters surviving from the later years include correspondence with J.G. Lockhart, the biographer of Lord Halifax, Bishop Bell of Chichester and the editor of The Tablet.
Scattered throughout the correspondence are press cuttings of editorials and letters published in the national press.

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