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WILBERFORCE: SLAVERY, RELIGION AND POLITICS
Series One: The Wilberforce Papers from the Bodleian Library, Oxford

Part 2: Papers of Samuel Wilberforce (1818-1873)

Parts 2 and 3 focus on the Papers of Samuel Wilberforce (1818-1873), successively Bishop of Oxford and of Winchester. He also served as chaplain to Prince Albert and as sub-almoner to Queen Victoria. He presided over many church reforms and earned a reputation for controversy due to his involvement in the Hampden trial and the Evolution debate.

Part 2 concentrates on the very strong collection of correspondence. This features many well known names, but also many lesser known people whose views are equally informative:

From the world of state and politics:

  • Disraeli and Gladstone.
  • Edward Everett - US Ambassador.
  • Palmerston, Robert Peel and Lord John Russell.
  • Queen Victoria.

From the world of art, literature and learning:

  • Matthew Arnold.
  • Thomas Carlyle.
  • Thomas Huxley.
  • Benjamin Jowett.
  • Caroline Norton and Charlotte Mary Yonge.

From the world of religion and philanthropy:

  • Edward Bickersteth - Dean of Lichfield.
  • Charles Blomfield - Bishop of London.
  • Lady Burdett-Coutts and Anthony Ashley Cooper - Earl of Shaftesbury.
  • Edward Denison - Bishop of Salisbury.
  • Charles Ellicott - Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol.
  • David Livingstone.
  • George Mountain - Bishop of Quebec.
  • John Henry Newman and Edward Pusey.
  • Arthur Penrhyn Stanley - Dean of Westminster
  • Archibald Tait and Frederick Temple - Archbishops of Canterbury.
  • Richard Trench - Archbishop of Dublin.

There is also an excellent section of correspondence concerning the
Church overseas, 1853-1873, especially in South Africa, Central Africa,
North America, the West Indies, India and Australasia.

Correspondence concerning the Church at home concentrates on diocesan matters.

Samuel Wilberforce’s papers are important for the insights they provide into Victorian Society. Religion and morality assume a central position, informing politics and literature.



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