Papers, 1844-1865.


EXTENT:  .7 cubic ft. (2 letter size archives boxes)

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CITATION: W. H. Lyall Papers, MSS 125, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.

Biographical Note

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.).

Scope and Content

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 organizations.

Box/Folder      Description
Series A: Incoming Correspondence 1844-1865
                I.  Dated Correspondence
1/1             Incoming Correspondence, 1844-1847
1/2                 1848-1849
1/3                 1850
1/4                 1851
1/5                 1852
1/6                 1853
1/7                 1854
1/8                 1855
1/9                 1856 Jan-Feb
1/10                1856 Mar-Dec
1/11                1857
1/12                1858
1/13                1859
1/14                1860
1/15                1861
1/16                1862
2/1                 1863
2/2                 1864
2/3                 1865

                II.  Undated Correspondence
2/4                 A-C
2/5                 Carmichael
2/6                 Ethelstone
2/7                 F-J
2/8                 House of Mercy
2/9                 Lyall Family
2/10                L-N
2/11                Pearson
2/12                Portal
2/13                P-R
2/14                Richards
2/15                Shipley
2/16                S-W
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

Last Modified: 04/30/2004