Papers Collected by Reverend Canon R. W. Howard for Projected Life of Bishop Christopher B. R. Sargent

Scope and Content

This collection comprises research and other materials acquired and collected by Howard for a proposed biography of the Right Reverend Christopher B. R, Sargent (1906-1943) who was Assistant Bishop in Fukien, China, 1938-1940 and then Bishop, 1940-1943. It appears that Howard did not publish a biography and there is no text or drafts of a manuscript in this collection. The materials include copies of circular letters of Sargent, which he wrote as Assistant Bishop and then Bishop in Fukien, 1938-1941; letters from friends and relatives of Sargent to Howard which both pre date and post date Sargent' death; a few letters from Sargent to Howard himself, 1940-1941; papers relating to the Bishop Christopher Sargent Memorial Fund, the appeal for which Howard was involved in (to provide bursaries for candidates studying for the ministry in the Fukien Diocese); and various printed materials and photographs of and relating to Sargent.

Administrative / Biographical History

Reverend Robert Wilmot Howard (1887-1960) was educated at Weymouth College, Trinity College, Cambridge and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1912 and became Tutor to St Aidan's Theological College, Birkenhead, 1912-1915 and was later chaplain and Vice-Principal there. During the First World War, he served as chaplain to the British Expeditionary Forces, 1916-1919. From 1920-1923, he was Home Education Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, then becoming Assistant Master at Eton College, 1924-1928 and Headmaster of Liverpool College, 1928-1945. He was appointed Canon Diocesan of Liverpool Cathedral in 1943 and then Canon Emeritus from 1945. He was Rector of St Peter-le-Bailey, and Master of St Peter's Hall, Oxford, 1945-1955. He died in 1960. His publications included A Merry Mountaineer: the story of Clifford Harris of Persia , 1931; Talks in Preparation for Confirmation , 1941; Should Women be Priests? , 1949; and author and editor of the CMS Handbook, Workers Together , 1924.

Reference: Who was who, 1951-1960.


This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was presented to the CMS in July 1961; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.

Other Finding Aids

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Other papers of Robert W. Howard, relating to St Aidan's College, 1919-1928 are held by Liverpool University: Special Collections and Archives (GB 141 Birkenhead Coll)