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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA Wordsworth
WORDSWORTH, Rt Rev John (1843-1911)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2Ā½ boxes or 0.025 cubic metres.


Name of creator(s)

Wordsworth, John, 1843-1911, Bishop of Salisbury

Administrative / Biographical history

Born at Harrow, 1843; educated at Winchester, New College Oxford (MA), graduated with 1st class Moderations (Oxford), 1863 and 2nd class Literae Humaniores (Classics), 1865; Assistant Master, Wellington College, 1866; Fellow of Brasenose College Oxford, 1867; Craven Scholar, 1867; ordained, 1867; MA 1868; Prebendary of Lincoln, 1870; Select Preacher, 1876, 1888; Grinfield Lecturer, 1876-1878; Whitehall Preacher, 1879; Bampton Lecturer, 1881; Oriel Professor of Interpretation of Holy Scripture, Fellow of Oriel College, and Canon of Rochester, 1883-1885; Bishop of Salisbury, 1885-1911; died, 1911. Publications: include: Fragments and Specimens of Early Latin (Clarendon Press Series, 1866); University Sermons on Gospel Subjects (James Parker & Co, Oxford and London, 1878); The One Religion: truth, holiness and peace desired by the nations, and revealed by Jesus Christ. Eight lectures [the Bampton Lectures] (Parker & Co, Oxford, 1881); The Gospel according to St Matthew. From the St Germain MS, g, now numbered Lat. 11553 in the National Library at Paris editor (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1883); Portions of the Gospels according to St Mark and St Matthew from the Bobbio MS, k, now numbered G VII 15 in the National Library at Turin. Together with other fragments of the Gospels edited with William Sanday and Henry Julian White (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1886); Prayers for Use in College 2nd edition (1890); The Holy Communion. Four visitation addresses (Parker & Co, Oxford & London, 1891); Some recent Teachings concerning the Eucharistic Sacrifice (Elliot Stock, London, [1892]); Novum Testamentum Latine, secundum editionem S Hieronymi with Rev Henry Julian White; The Four Gospels (1898); The Episcopate of Charles Wordsworth, Bishop of St Andrews (Longmans & Co, London, 1899); Bishop Sarapion's Prayer-Book, an Egyptian Pontifical dated probably about AD 350-356 Translated from the edition of Dr G Wobbermin, with introduction, notes and indices (1899); Some Points in the teaching of the Church of England, set forth for the information of Orthodox Christians of the East, in the form of an answer to questions (Christian Knowledge Society, London, 1900); The Ministry of Grace. Studies in early Church History with reference to present problems (Longmans & Co, London, 1901); The Te Deum, its structure and meaning, and its musical setting and rendering; together with a revised Latin text, notes and translation (Christian Knowledge Society, London, 1902); Family Prayers (Brown & Co, Salisbury, 1903); The Acts (1904); The Law of the Church as to Marriage of a Man with his Deceased Wife's Sister (Christian Knowledge Society, London, 1908); The Invocation of Saints and the Twenty-second Article (Christian Knowledge Society, London, 1908); Ordination Problems (Christian Knowledge Society, London, 1909); Unity and Fellowship. Diocesan addresses delivered in the year 1909 (Christian Knowledge Society, London, Brighton, 1910).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Loaned to King's College London in 1916 by the widow of Bishop John Wordsworth, and later presented by Mrs S Pelly and her brother, the children of the Bishop.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of John Wordsworth, 1881-1911, comprising manuscript texts of 395 sermons delivered at King's College London and elsewhere, 1881-1904, each annotated with dates and places of delivery; letters to the Reverend Henry Julian White concerning Wordsworth, copies of Wordsworth's obituaries, 1911; manuscript notebook, possibly by Wordsworth, concerning doctrinal themes, largely relating to the training and work of the clergy.

System of arrangement

The sermons are arranged in chronological order according to the latest date the sermon was preached.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description available in hard copy in the reading room of King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Letterbook, 1875-1887, held at the Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office; correspondence, c.1882-1884, held at Oxford University: Christ Church Archives; correspondence and papers, 1889-1911 (ref: MSS 2165, 3436), correspondence and papers relating to Anglo-Continental Society etc, 1889-1907 (ref: MSS 2908-13), correspondence relating to Jerusalem and East Mission Fund, 1869-1911 (ref: MSS 2327-30), papers, 1897-1909 (ref: MSS 1396-1401), correspondence, 1911 (ref: MS 1946), correspondence with Archbishop Benson, 1883-1896 (ref: Benson), correspondence with Temple, 1896-1902 (ref: Temple), held at Lambeth Palace Library; correspondence with Lord Kimberley, 1891-1893, held at Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts (ref: MSS Eng a 2013-14, b 2047-49, c 3933-4514, d 2439-92, e 2790-97); correspondence with the Williams family, 1886-1895, held at Dorset Record Office (ref: P12); correspondence and papers relating to Jerusalem and East Mission Fund, held at Oxford University: St Antony's College, Middle East Centre.

Publication note

Life of Bishop John Wordsworth Edward William Watson (Longmans & Co, London, 1915).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library Public Catalogue; National Register of Archives; King's College London, Manuscripts and Private Papers, A Select Guide. Compiled by Julie Tancell for the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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Date(s) of descriptions

January 2001

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  • Religious doctrines
  • Religious education
  • Religious texts
  • Sermons
  • Social science education
  • Theology

Personal names

  • White, Henry Julian, 1859-1934, Dean of Christ Church
  • Wordsworth, John, 1843-1911, Bishop of Salisbury

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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