Thomas Secker: Memoirs

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      GB 12 MS.Add.8565
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      20th century (copy of original of 18th century)
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      1 envelope

Scope and Content

A typescript of the memoirs of Thomas Secker, transcribed by N. Sykes, 118 pages.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Secker (1693-1768) was born at Sibthorpe, Nottinghamshire. He was educated under Samuel Jones (c. 1680-1719), and studied medicine in London and Paris, 1716-1720 (M.D., Leyden, 1721). He graduated at Exeter College, Oxford, in 1721, and was ordained deacon in 1722, and priest in 1723. He became a prebendary of Durham in 1727, and was Bishop of Bristol, 1735-1737, and of Oxford, 1737-1738. He became Dean of St Paul's, London, in 1750, and was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1758 until his death. He died on 3 August 1768.

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

Acquisition Information

Deposited on indefinite loan by Sir Owen Chadwick, 1984.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Thomas Secker in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, vol. XVII (London, 1909), pp. 1108-1111.

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