Bundles of handwritten notes and letters

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 UCC/2/7/1/22
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 D23/'Burgess MSS XXII'
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      5 bundles

Scope and Content

1. Notes and correspondence relating to Helwys and Smyth following the publication in 1911 of Burgess' book [ W.H. Burgess, John Smyth the Sebaptist, Thomas Helwys, and the First Baptist church in England (London: Clarke, 1911)]  on them: 

  • (a) Letter from G.J.A. D'Arcy to Burgess dated 1 Aug 1911 respecting John Goodrich, Vicar of Workshop, 1590.
  • (b) Notes on James Topps, Leonard Busher and fresh information in Champlin Burrage's Early English Dissenters (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1912).
  • (c) Letter of Thomas Helwys to his Brethren dated 26 Sep 1608.
  • (d) Latin Confession of John Smyth, quoted by Burnage.
  • (e) 3 Letters from Alexander Gordon to Burgess dated Feb-Mar 1912 with copy of title-page of 'An Advertisement or Admonition unto ... New Fryesers' by Thos Helwys 1611 and Review from Christian Life relating to same.
  • (f) Letter from W.R. Clark-Lewis to Burgess, n.d.
  • (g) Notes on article by W.T. Whitley on Leonard Busher from Transactions of the Baptist Historical Society.
  • (h) Printed pages from Burgess' book: 'Confession of Faith and Smyth's Last Book', pp. 241-272.

2. Description of Places Concerned with Life of Thomas Helwys.

3. Notes on Thomas Helwys: 

  • (a) Authorities for life of.
  • (b) Books of T.H. and books referring to him.
  • (c) Petition of T.H. and his Church 1613.
  • (d) Translation of Latin Synopsis of the Faith of Helwys's Church.
  • (e) Notes on genealogy of T.H..

4. Notes on John Smyth: his books and libraries where they are to be seen.

5. Notes on places connected with Separatists, and Separatists and their worship.