Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC112
TitleAccession 112: Letters from Archdeacon Corrie of Calcutta
DescriptionThis 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.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Correspondence
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection (forming part of the wider CMS/ACC unofficial papers catalogue) is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryRev 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 CMS 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)
Custodial HistoryThis collection was presented to the CMS by Sir Edmund Phipps, 1938 and the letters were calendared by Dorothy E. White, 1963. The collection was transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s
Related MaterialThe 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 0150 CMS)
Associated MaterialsCanterbury Cathedral Archives holds correspondence of Corrie with Henry Martyn, who was a college friend
(GB 0054 U88/C1)


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