|Description||Minutes, memoranda, correspondence, reports, newscuttings and other papers concerning the Conscience Clause and religious education in mission schools. Largely dated 1921 [including CMS/G2 I7/1921/150 from the overseas (missions) series], but also including some earlier reports and papers, and correspondence dated 1922 sent from other missionary organisations on receipt of a copy of the CMS pamphlet 'Indian Education and the Conscience Clause' by Canons A. W. Davies and J. A. Wood and Rev[erend] G. T. Manley, December 1921. |
The other printed and typescript papers include the minute of a conference for British missionary societies working in India on the proposal to introduce the conscience clause (the meeting was called at the invitation of the Education Committee of the Continuation Committee of the World Missionary Conference) 18 January 1917; a typescript memorandum entitled, 'The Conscience Clauses in English Schools of Various Types' [in England and Wales] by 'M. E. S.', June 1921; a typescript copy of notes on compulsory religious teaching in CMS schools 1913; a reprint from the 'Fortnightly Review' entitled, 'The Education Difficulty. Cannot Churchmen and Nonconformists Co-operate? A Plea for the Principles Embodied in the Manchester Concordat' by Rev[erend] H. J. Bardsley, London: Chapman and Hall Ltd 1906 enclosed with a letter from the author to 'Canon Davis' [A. W. Davies, Conscience Clause Committee] 12 December 1921.
The Special Committee was appointed by the General Committee 14 September 1921 following correspondence from the Education Committee of the Conference of British Missionary Societies in Great Britain and Ireland on the expected introduction of a 'Conscience Clause' in Indian Education by the Indian Government. The Committee was appointed to keep in close touch with the 1921 India Delegation and to advise the General Committee of developments concerning the Conscience Clause.
See also CMS/G/CS 4.