Edward Arthur Smedley: Correspondence with Charles Knowles

Scope and Content

Copies of correspondence between the vicar of Chesterton, E.A. Smedley, and his curate, Charles Knowles, with additional matter 'bearing upon the question at issue', May 1865, 48 folios. At fo. 35 is a copy of letter from Benjamin Pidcock to Smedley, 17 July 1862. The versos throughout are blank, with the exception of 38v.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Arthur Smedley (1804-1890) was born in Westminster on 20 July 1804. He was educated at Westminster School, before entering Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1822 (B.A., 1826; M.A., 1829). He was chaplain of Trinity, 1830-1836, and usher at Westminster School, 1828-1836. Smedley was ordained deacon in 1829, and priest in 1830, and was vicar of Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, 1836-1873. He died at Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire, on 22 July 1890.

Charles Knowles was born in Leicestershire, and entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1850 (B.A., 1854; M.A., 1857), where he became a fellow in 1855. He was ordained deacon in 1854, and priest in 1855. Knowles was curate of St Peter's, Forsbrook, Staffordshire, 1854-1856, curate of St Luke's, Leek, 1857-1861, curate of St Luke's, Cambridge, 1862-1865, and rector of Winteringham, Lincolnshire, 1866-1898. He died on 26 December 1898.

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Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by John Willis Clark, 1910.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on E.A. Smedley in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. V (Cambridge University Press, 1953), p. 537, and the entry on Charles Knowles in Part II, Vol. IV (Cambridge University Press, 1951), p. 66.

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