Gustavus Adolphus Schutt Schneider: Selections from the Theological Correspondence of Fenton John Anthony Hort

Scope and Content

Selections of correspondence of F.J.A. Holt on theological subjects, 1852-1892, compiled by G.A.S. Schneider, 1917, dealing mainly with textual criticism of the New Testament, 1022 pages. The letters are arranged chronologically under five subject headings, with a preface and indexes. The versos are blank throughout. The correspondence is principally with B.F. Westcott, Bishop of Durham, and, from 1864, with A.A. Vansittart. About 250 of the letters are drawn upon. A small number of letters have been transcribed in full, and a few sentences from other letters have also been transcribed.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gustavus Adolphus Schutt Schneider (1858-1941) was born on 10 September 1858 in London. He attended the Gymnasium at Frankfort, before entering Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 1877 (B.A., 1880; M.A., 1883). He was ordained deacon in 1882, and priest in 1884. Schneider was Vice-Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, 1882-1883 and 1885-1898; Professor of Divinity at Trinity College, Toronto, 1883-1885; and the Librarian at Gonville and Caius, 1908-1928. He died on 9 October 1941.

Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892), theologian, was born in Dublin on 23 April 1828. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and was Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the university. He died on 30 November 1892.

Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901), Bishop of Durham, worked with F.A.J. Holt for 28 years preparing their seminal text of the New Testament in Greek (2 vols., 1881).

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs Hort, 1921.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on G.A.S. Schneider in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. V, (Cambridge University Press, 1953), p. 435.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


Some of the letters or particular passages from them have been printed in A.F. Hort, ed., Life and letters of F.J.A. Hort (London, 1895) and Arthur Westcott, ed., Life and letters of B.F. Westcott (London, 1903).

Additional Information

F.J.A. Hort's son A.F. Hort went through the boxes of letters and destroyed those he considered were no longer required. It is therefore assumed that the originals no longer exist.