Letters from Archdeacon Corrie of Calcutta

Scope and Content

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.

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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Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

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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Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive. Although Corrie was not a CMS missionary, he was closely associated with the Society and the archive includes some correspondence and papers relating to him, 1815-1834 (GB 150 CMS).

Canterbury Cathedral Archives holds correspondence of Corrie with Henry Martyn, who was a college friend (GB 054 U88/C1).

The University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department and the Orchard Learning Resources Centre hold a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals.

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