LYALL, W. H. (WILLIAM HEARLE)
MANUSCRIPT NUMBER 125
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CITATION: W. H. Lyall Papers, MSS 125, Archives and Manuscripts Dept.,
Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
William Hearle Lyall was rector of St. Dionis Church, Blackchurch, London,
during the middle of the nineteenth century. His uncle, William Rowe Lyall
(1788-1857), was Dean of the Cathedral of Canterbury. W.H. Lyall was a High
Churchman associated with various Anglo-Catholic movements. He was a prominent
member of the English ChurchUnion (E.C.U.), an organization established in
1860 to consolidate the activities of the various local High Church groups
that arose out of the Oxford movement of the 1830s. Lyall was also among the
founders and later served as treasurer of the Society of the Holy Cross (S.H.C.),
a High Church confraternity, and Honorable Secratary of the
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (S.P.G.).
The Lyall papers contain over 700 manuscript letters covering the period
from 1844 to 1865, as well as 100 printed items. Letters to Lyall from other
clergymen and interested laymen comprise the bulk of the collection. This
correspondence relates to the affairs of the English Church Union (E.C.U.)
and the Society of the Holy Cross (S.H.C.) (organizations formed as a part
of the High Church Movement), the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel
(S.P.G.), and various London missions. Letters from Lyall's mother and
uncle (William Rowe Lyall) relate to Lyall's marriage to the sister of his
deceased first wife. This marriage created controversy within the Church
of England. The printed material includes announcements of Vestry meetings
for St. Dionis, Blackchurch parish, announcements concerning the E.C.U.,
S.P.G., and Sion College, as well as various London missions and philanthropic
Series A: Incoming Correspondence 1844-1865
I. Dated Correspondence
1/1 Incoming Correspondence, 1844-1847
1/9 1856 Jan-Feb
1/10 1856 Mar-Dec
II. Undated Correspondence
2/8 House of Mercy
2/9 Lyall Family
2/17 Misc. Undated Correspondence and Fragments
Series B: Subject files and Printed Material
2/18 St. Dionis, Backchurch, Vestry Meetings, 1860-1865, n.d.
2/19 English Church Union, 1863-1865, n.d.
2/20 Sion College, 1860-1865
2/21 Printed Material Relating to other Organizations, 1857-1865, n.d.
2/22 Ms. Poem, "They came into my heart dear," 1849, 2 copies