Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)RWD
TitleLetters to Robert William Dale
Extent1 box
DescriptionLetters from John Bright, 1862-1882; letters from W. E. Gladstone, 1875-1886; letters from John Morley, 1875-1886; letters from Henry Wace, 1875-1891. Subjects discussed in the letters include: British politics; the Irish Question; education in England and Scotland; religion and non-conformism; a new congregational church in Birmingham; the British Empire.
ArrangementThe letters are arranged by correspondent and alphabetically within each section:
RWD/1-11: Letters to Dale from John Bright
RWD/12-18: Letters to Dale from W. E. Gladstone
RWD19-40: Letters to Dale from John Morley
RWD/41-75: Letters to Dale from Henry Wace
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
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Administrative HistoryRobert William Dale was a Congregational minister. He joined the Congregational Church in 1844 and was admitted as a theological student at Spring College, Birmingham in 1847. In 1853 he graduated with an MA at London University and was then appointed assistant minister to John Angell James at Carrs Lane Chapel, Birmingham. He become the sole pastor in 1859 and remained a minister at Carrs Lane until his death. He was involved with social movements and local politics in Birmingham, and was particularly concerned with educational reform. He was, for example, a pioneer of the Birmingham School Board. He was also involved with the Congregational Union and was its Chairman in 1869 and presided over the international council of congregational churches in 1891. He also edited The Congregationalist from 1872-1878. He wrote and published extensively, including numerous sermons, pamphlets and theological works and he also compiled a hymnal, The English Hymn Book , published in 1874.

Reference: Dictionary of National Biography (Vol XXII (Supplement), London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1909.
AcquisitionThis collection was presented to the University of Birmingham by Dale's grand daughter.