Manuscript Notebook of John Edmondson Manning

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 UCC/2/20
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 B2(18)
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      23 x 18.5 cm Poor condition: dirty, front cover torn

Scope and Content

Manuscript copy [author's manuscript?] of J.E. Manning, Origin as Teacher, Apologist and Bible Scholar (London: Christian Life, 1905) with text on right hand pages and references and notes on right.

Inside notebook is a copy of the printed booklet.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Edmondson Manning was born on 22 March 1848 in Liverpool to John Edmondson a furniture broker and his wife Eliza. He was educated at Mount Pleasant School, Liverpool where he later worked as a teacher. He attended Queen's College, Liverpool during 1866-68 and Manchester New College, London between 1868 and 1873 obtaining a BA from the University of London in 1872 and an MA in 1876. Awarded a Hibbert scholarship in 1873 he spent a year at the University of Leipzig from 1875.

He was a Unitarian minister at Swansea in 1876 and at Upper Chapel Sheffield from 1889 to 1902. Whilst at Sheffield he was a 'visitor' to the Unitarian Home Mission College, and from 1892 he was a tutor for them in Old Testament Studies, Hebrew and philosophy. He stepped down from his ministry in Sheffield to devote himself to College work full time. He published a series of Addresses at the Unitarian Home Mission College (1903) and Thomas à Kempis and the 'De imitatione Christi' (1907). He married Emma Brock on 15 December 1879 and they had three daughters. He died on 30 April 1910 at Sale, Cheshire.


R.K. Webb, 'Manning, John Edmondson (1848-1910)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).