This is a collection of letters from Daniel Corrie, written from Calcutta and elsewhere in India to Colonel Phipps in London and Sunbury-on-Thames. The letters are all addressed "My dear friend", the first one to Major Phipps, the second to Lt Col Phipps and the remainder to Colonel Phipps. These are extremely detailed letters written to a man who is described in a note accompanying the collection as a "benevolent friend" who, before his return to England had presented Corrie with a large sum of money for missionary purposes. These letters provide accounts of missionary and evangelical activities, educational work including detailed information about the founding of Calcutta High School which Phipps appears to have supported financially, and details of Calcutta society. The collection also includes a manuscript in Phipps' hand entitled Thought on the employment of those natives of India who have embraced Christianity, dated 1824.
Letters from Archdeacon Corrie of Calcutta
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- ReferenceGB 150 CMS/ACC112
- Dates of Creation1824-1832
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- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description41 documents
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Administrative / Biographical History
Reverend Daniel Corrie (1777-1837) was nominated a chaplain on the Bengal Establishment and went to India in 1806. He was appointed Archdeacon of Calcutta in 1823 and in 1834, he was recalled to England and in 1835 was consecrated Bishop of Madras. He returned to India in the same year and died there in 1837. He was closely connected with the Church Missionary Society and established a number of schools in connection with the Society.
Reference: Obituary published in The Madras Miscellany or Thursday Budget (9 February 1837, Vol. 1, No. 3). (CMS CI2/O14/15)
This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Correspondence.
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Presented to the CMS in 1938; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.
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A catalogue is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Special Collections website: http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/ A paper catalogue to item level is available in the Special Collections Department. These letters were calendared by Dorothy E. White, 1963.
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