Revisers of the English Bible: Minutes, Correspondence and Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Notebooks and loose papers created and accumulated by the companies and committees engaged in the revision of the English Bible. The papers are mainly in English, with small amounts of French and Ancient Greek.

MSS.Add.6923-6925: Minutes and an attendance register of the Company for the Revision of the English Old Testament, 1870-1884.

MS.Add.6923: List of attendances, 30 June 1870 - 10 July 1874, 54 folios. A dash is placed against the name of each member under the appropriate date to indicate attendance. Fo. 46: computation of the total numbers of attendances for each member; fo. 52: blank.

MS.Add.6924: Minutes, 30 June 1870 - 23 Nov. 1876, 66 folios. The following signatures occur: A [Ollivant, bishop of] Llandaff, C. [Thirlwall, bishop of] St David's, E.H. [Browne, bishop of] Ely, F.W. Gotch, William Selwyn, George C.M. Douglas, Benjamin Harrison, William Kay, Stanley Leathes, Arthur [C. Hervey, bishop of] Bath and Wells, J.J. Stewart Perowne, R. Payne Smith, E.H. [Browne, bishop of] Winchester, and C.J. Elliott.

MS.Add.6925: Minutes, 24 Nov. 1876 - 10 July 1884, 88 folios. The main hand is that of W. Aldis Wright. The following signatures occur: F.W. Gotch, Benjamin Harrison, William Kay, Arthur [C. Hervey, bishop of] Bath and Wells, J.J. Stewart Perowne, R. Payne Smith, and E.H. [Browne, bishop of] Winchester. Fos 86v-88 are blank.

MSS.Add.6926-6932: Minutes of the Cambridge Committee for the revision of the Books of Wisdom and II Macchabees, 1880-1892.

MS.Add.6926: Minutes, 18 Nov. 1880 - 18 Oct. 1882, 87 folios. The minutes for 22 Mar. 1882 are signed by F.J.A. Hort; all other minutes are signed by B.F. Westcott.

MS.Add.6927: Minutes, 25 Oct. 1882 - 3 Nov. 1883, 89 folios. The minutes for most meetings are signed by B.F. Westcott, the remainder by F.J.A. Hort.

MS.Add.6928: Minutes, 7 Nov. 1883 - 27 May 1885, 86 folios. The minutes for most meetings are signed by B.F. Westcott, the remainder by F.J.A. Hort.

MS.Add.6929: Minutes, 3 June 1885 - 5 Feb. 1887, 89 folios. The minutes for most meetings are signed by B.F. Westcott, the remainder by F.J.A. Hort.

MS.Add.6930: Minutes, 9 Feb. 1887 - 23 May 1888, 89 folios. The minutes of all meetings are signed by B.F. Westcott.

MS.Add.6931: Minutes, 17 Oct. 1888 - 5 Mar. 1890, 87 folios. The minutes for most meetings are signed by B.F. Westcott, the remainder by F.J.A. Hort.

MS.Add.6932: Minutes, 10 May 1890 - 14 Jan. 1892, 88 folios. The minutes of all meetings are signed by F.J.A. Hort.

MS.Add.6933: Minutes of the Westminster Committee for the revision of I Macchabees, 5 Apr. 1881 - 11 Oct. 1882, 21 folios: Fo. 20: copies of three committee resolutions; fo. 11: blank.

MS.Add.6934: Documents relating to copyrights in Bible revision, 1872-1890, 10 folios: fo. 1: case concerning the copyright of the 'Revision of the Holy Scriptures', with opinion by Charles Hall and Frederick Meadows White, 9 Dec. 1872; fo. 6: case concerning the copyright of the Revision of the Old and New Testaments, laid before Sir Horace Davey QC, 12 July 1890. Fos 5, 10, and the verso throughout are blank. Attached to the flyleaves are a letter from R.H. White to J. Troutbeck, 9 Dec. 1872, and a letter from Jos. Angus to an unidentified party, no date.

MSS.Add.6935-6943: Minutes and related papers of the Company for the Revision of the Authorised Version of the New Testament, 1870-1880.

MS.Add.6935: Minute book, in the hand of J. Troutbeck, 23 June 1870 - 15 Dec. 1871, 504 folios. The following signatures occur: C. J. Gloucester and Bristol, H.A[lford], George Sarum, and Edward Bickersteth. There is a list of names and addresses of Company members on fos 118v and 119. Fos 116, 117, and 120 are blank.

MS.Add.6936: Minute book, in the hand of J. Troutbeck, 30 Jan. - 13 Dec. 1872, 371 folios. The following signatures occur: C.J. Gloucester and Bristol, and A. Llandaff. Fos 224, 371, and the verso almost throughout are blank.

MS.Add.6937: Minute book, in the hand of J. Troutbeck, 21 Jan. 1873 - 26 Jan. 1875, 571 folios. The minutes are signed by the bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The following letters are attached: (fo. 218v) Philip Schaff to C.J. Ellicott, 16 July 1873; (fo. 321v) James Cartmell to J. Troutbeck, 10 Dec. 1873; (fo. 342v) W. Aldis Wright to Ellicott, 27 Jan. 1874. Fos 98-100, 223, and the verso almost throughout are blank.

MS.Add.6938: Minute book, in the hand of J. Troutbeck, 27 Jan. 1875 - 28 Apr. 1876, 372 folios. The minutes are signed by the bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. Fo. 352 and the verso almost throughout are blank.

MS.Add.6939: Minute book, in the hand of J. Troutbeck, 16 May 1876 - 14 Dec. 1877, 412 folios. The minutes are signed by the bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. Fos 101, 412, and the verso almost throughout are blank.

MS.Add.6940: Minute book, in the hand of J. Troutbeck, 22 Jan. 1878 - 11 Nov. 1880, 462 folios. The minutes are signed by the bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. Fos 450-462 are blank.

MS.Add.6941: Attendance book, 22 June 1870 - 11 Nov. 1880, 285 folios. The book includes the following signatures: Bishops of Gloucester and Bristol, Winchester, Salisbury, and St Andrews, Henry Alford, Arthur Penhryn Stanley, Charles J. Vaughan, Samuel Newth, John Eadie, Brooke Foss Westcott, William F. Moulton, J.B. Lightfoot, J.W. Blakesley, Alex. Roberts, F.H. Scrivener, William Milligan, G. Vance Smith, Joseph Angus, Edward Bickersteth, F.J.A. Hort, W.G. Humphry, William Lee, Robert Scott, David Brown, B.H. Kennedy, C. Wordsworth, Richard C. Dublin, C. Merivale, and Edwin Palmer. Fos 189 and 211-285 are blank.

MS.Add.6942: Finance committee minute book, in the hand of J. Troutbeck, 29 June 1870 - 31 July 1872, 68 folios. The book includes the following signatures: Bishops of Gloucester and Llandaff, Arthur Penhryn Stanley, and T. Chenery (?). There is a list of members of the committee on a flyleaf at the end. Fos 1, 44-68, and the most of the verso are blank.

MS.Add.6943: Brief notes on points of translation, etc., deferred for further consideration at later meetings, 1870-1880, 68 folios. Fos 13-68 are blank.

MS.Add.6944: General statement of receipts and payments of Bible revision companies, in the hand of J. Troutbeck, 29 June 1870 - 18 Feb. 1896, 118 folios, with the following: (fos 52v-78, 82v-114) statements of accounts for individual members; (fo. 116v) general statements of expenses. It is endorsed by John C. Thynne, 23 Mar. 1891, 11 Jan. 1896, and 23 Mar. 1896, at fos 35, 39, and 40v respectively.

MS.Add. 6945: Revised New Testament: copy of questions on copyright and the opinion of Arthur Cohen, Horace Davey, John Rigby, and William Latham thereon, 11 May 1881, with the draft of the gift and assignment of the text of the Revised New Testament by the authors to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, 13 folios.

MSS.Add.6946-6947: Correspondence of the New Testament Revision Company, 1870-1899. Originals of in-letters and copies of out-letters.

MS.Add.6946: Correspondence, in English and French, 1870-1876, 72 items. There are letters received from or copies of letters sent to the following: James Martineau, Arthur P. Stanley, Robert Wallace, R. Lowe, Edward Cardwell, F.J.A. Hort, E. Deutsch, E. Atkinson, S. Wilberforce (bishop of Winchester), Bartholomew Price, G. Vance Smith, John Troutbeck, William Selwyn, C.J. Ellicott (bishop of Gloucester and Bristol), Robert C. Winthrop, Joseph Angus, Philip Schaff, Savill Edwards&Co, J.J. Stewart Perowne, E.H. Browne (bishop of Ely), James Cartmell, Edwin Palmer, W. Aldis Wright, American Bible Revision Committee, George R. Day, Old Testament Revision Company, Charles C.J. Guffroy (in French), and T.W. Jex-Blake. Continued in MS.Add.6947.

MS.Add.6947: Correspondence, 1876-1899, a continuation of MS.Add.6946, 73 items. Letters received from or copies of letters sent to the following: Old Testament Revision Company, James Cartmell, John Troutbeck, Bartholomew Price, Thomas Powell, W. Aldis Wright, Philip Schaff, J. Henry Thayer, W.C. Bompas (bishop of Athabasca), C.J. Ellicott (bishop of Gloucester and Bristol), Theodore D. Woolsey, Joseph Angus, M.B. Riddle, C.J. Clay, Messrs T. and T. Clark, R.C. Trench (archbishop of Dublin), J.W. Blakesley, W. George Searle, Arthur Penhryn Stanley, John Stoughton, F.H.A. Scrivener, B.H. Kennedy, William Lee, F.W. Farrar, J. Rawson Lumby, W.R. Smith, G.E. Buckle, W. Basil Tickell Jones (bishop of St David's), William F. Moulton, and James Porter.

MSS.Add.6948-6949: Correspondence of the Revised Version committee, 1870-1880. Mostly originals of in-letters and copies of out-letters, with related papers.

MS.Add.6948: Correspondence, 1870-6, 47 items. Letters received from or copies of letters sent to the following: Christian D. Ginsburg, T. Chenery, C.J. Ellicott (bishop of Gloucester and Bristol), Smith Elder&Co., John Troutbeck, Eyre&Spottiswoode, James Cartmell, Bartholomew Price, S. Wilberforce (bishop of Winchester), A.P. Stanley, Philip Schaff, Henry Melville, Edward Bickersteth, Sir Roundell Palmer, American Bible Revision Committee, George E. Day, Howard Crosby, J.W. Blakesley, J.J. Stewart Perowne, C.J. Clay, J.H. Thayer, Horace Hart, and Cuthbert Routh. No. 47 is a translation of the Epistle to the Philippians.

MS.Add.6949: Letters and related papers, 1871-1880, 12 items: 1. Henry Willett to the Revision Committee, 31 Mar. 1871; 2. W. George Searle to an unidentified recipient, 9 June 1874; 3. James Cartmell to Philip Schaff, 10 July 1876, with a memorandum; 4. Schaff to Cartmell, 9 Oct. 1876 (copy); 5. copies of letters from Schaff to Cartmell, 15 Aug. 1876, Joseph Angus to Cartmell, 4 Sep. 1876, Theodore [D.] Woolsey to Angus, 14 Aug. 1876, and Angus to Cartmell, 7 Sep. 1876; 6. Delegates of Clarendon Press and Syndics of Cambridge University Press to the Companies of Revisers, 22 Jan. 1877 (copy); 7. reply to 6. (copy); 8. another copy of 7.; 9. Cartmell to [George E. Day], Feb. 1877; 10. memorandum; 11. Day to Cartmell, 24 Mar. and 4 Apr. 1877 (copies); 12. case and opinion of Sir Horace Davey and Sir E. Macnaghten, 27 Jan. 1880.

MS.Add.6950: Notes by Fenton John Anthony Hort on the text of the English Bible, in English and Greek, late 19th century, 251 folios, including notes on: (fo. 1) 'Variations of Geneva Bible and Tomson's Revision'; (fo. 9) 'Geste on marginal revisions'; (fo. 11) 'Verbal revision'; (fo. 73) 'Readings peculiar to WH adopted in RV'; (fo. 103) 'Historical notes on AV readings'; (fo. 109) 'Readings peculiar to WH placed in margin of RV'; (fo. 115) notes on the text of Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus; (fo. 199) textual revision; (fo. 236) 'Marginal draft of preface to the New Testament'. On fo. 232 is a note from F.H.A. Scrivener to Hort. Fos 7 and 251 are blank.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1870 the Convocation of Canterbury appointed a body of scholars from all denominations to produce a revised version of the Authorised Bible in English that reflected new knowledge of the original Greek text. The work was split between two committees, which became Old and the New Testament Companies. Two similar committees were formed in America and worked with their English counterparts. The Revised New Testament was published in 1881, the Revised Old Testament in 1884, and The Revised Bible in 1885. The two companies began work on revising the Apocrypha after they had completed their main work, and this was also published in 1895.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

MSS.Add.6923-6932 were presented by W. Aldis Wright, 1908-1909. MSS.Add. 6933 and 6935-6944 were presented by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, 1908. There is no record of the accession of MSS.Add.6934 and 6945-6950.

Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue. A detailed listing for MSS.Add.6946-6948 is also available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use

Photographic copies can be made of manuscripts in the collection.

Related Material

Letters of John Troutbeck and a copy of a letter from W. Aldis Wright have been transferred from MS.Add.6924 to MS.Add.7339. Cambridge University Library also holds a letter from F.J.A. Hort to G.M. Humphry, MS.Add.7652/III/19.

Durham Dean and Chapter Library holds 40 letters from F.J.A. Hort to J.B. Lightfoot, 1856-89, reference: Lightfoot papers.

British Library holds correspondence of F.J.A. Hort with Macmillans, 1853-1890, in its Manuscript Collections, reference: Add MS 55094.

John Rylands University Library, Manchester University, holds correspondence of F.J.A. Hort with Mrs S.P. Tregelles, 1876-1879, reference: CBA H3.