Letters from Archdeacon Corrie of Calcutta

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC112
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Letters from Archdeacon Corrie of Calcutta
Date(s) of contents: 1824-1832
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 41docs.


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Administrative/Biographical history: Rev Daniel Corrie (1777-1837) was nominated a chaplain on the Bengal Establishment and went to India in 1806. He was appointed Archdeacon of Calcutta in 1823 and in 1834, he was recalled to England and in 1835 was consecrated Bishop of Madras. He returned to India in the same year and died there in 1837. He was closely connected with the CMS and established a number of schools in connection with the Society.
Reference: obituary published in The Madras Miscellany or Thursday Budget, 9 February 1837, Vol. 1, No. 3 (CMS CI2/O14/15)

Custodial history: This collection was presented to the CMS by Sir Edmund Phipps, 1938 and the letters were calendared by Dorothy E. White, 1963. The collection was transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s

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Scope and content/abstract: This is a collection of letters from Daniel Corrie, written from Calcutta and elsewhere in India to Colonel Phipps in London and Sunbury-on-Thames. The letters are all addressed 'My dear friend', the first one to Major Phipps, the second to Lt Col Phipps and the remainder to Colonel Phipps. These are extremely detailed letters written to a man who is described in a note accompanying the collection as a 'benevolent friend' who, before his return to England had presented Corrie with a large sum of money for missionary purposes. These letters provide accounts of missionary and evangelical activities, educational work including detailed information about the founding of Calcutta High School which Phipps appears to have supported financially, and details of
Calcutta society. The collection also includes a manuscript in Phipps' hand entitled 'Thought on the employment of those natives of India who have embraced Christianity', dated 1824.

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Correspondence


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open Access to all registered readers

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Finding aids: A catalogue of this collection to file and item level is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Information Services Online Archive Catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation in the Special Collections Department reading room.


Related material: The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive. Although Corrie was not a CMS missionary, he was closely associated with the Society and the archive includes some correspondence and papers relating to him, 1815-1834 (GB 0150 CMS)


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 4/09/2001, modified 16/09/2002

Mission Schools

Personal names
Corrie | Daniel | 1777-1837 | chaplain with the East India Company and Bishop of Madras 1835-1837

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

South Asia