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Administrative/Biographical history: The Reverend Henry Caner, 1700-1792, was a prominent Church of England clergyman in Connecticut and Massachusetts in the Eighteenth Century. Little is known of his early life, but it is commonly surmised that his father, a craftsman and emigrant took him to America as a child. He graduated from Yale, and returned from there to England for ordination. He was appointed as a missionary by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel at Fairfield, Connecticut. In 1747 he was appointed Rector of King's Chapel, Boston, the most prominent Anglican Church in New England. During the period of the American Revolution, he wrote several vigorous defences of the Church of England, and suffered during the events leading to the Revolution. In 1776, he fled with a group of English loyalists to London, from where he moved to Cardiff in 1778. Subsequently he lived in Long Ashton, near Bristol, where he died in 1792.
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CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Some 700 letters spanning 1728-1788. Among correspondents were officials of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, Bishops Edmund Gibson, Thomas Sherlock, and William Warburton, as well as Archishop Secker, Reverend Samuel Johnson, Beilby Porteus, East Apthorp, and William Smith of Philadelphia. Also, copies of Caner's outgoing correspondence
System of arrangement: As described above
ACCESS AND USE
Conditions governing access: Bona fide researchers
Conditions governing reproduction: Permission to copy material must be obtained from University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.
Finding aids: Typescript catalogue available in Special Collections.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Martin Hall, Assistant Archivist, University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.
Date(s) of descriptions: Amended for Mundus, 2004