Papers of Thomas Sadler

Scope and Content

Collection of sermons contained in two manuscript notebooks and two loose bundles. Includes two funeral addresses from Sadler's funeral.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Sadler was born on 5 July 1822 at Horsham, Sussex. His father, also Thomas Sadler, was an agricultural labourer and autodidact, who obtained entry to the General Baptist Academy, after which he became the assistant to John Dendy at Horsham Chapel, eventually replacing him. His mother was John Dendy's daughter. The younger Thomas Sadler attended University College, London followed by Bonn and Erlangen University, where he was awarded a PhD in 1844. He became a Unitarian minister in 1843, acting as an assistant to Robert Aspland at New Gravel Pit Chapel, Hackney. In 1846, he became minister at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead. He published Gloria Patri: the Scripture Doctrine of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in1859, making the case for Unitarianism. He was a trustee of Dr Williams' Library for which he edited a published edition of the diaries of Henry Crabb Robinson, and a 'visitor' for Manchester New College. He died on 11 September 1891 at Rosslyn.


R.K. Webb, 'Sadler, Thomas (1822-1891)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).