Pusey Family papers, 1836-1882

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pusey family.
Title: Pusey Family papers, 1836-1882
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 064
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (1 box)
Abstract:Consists of handwritten letters signed by Edward Bouverie Pusey, one engraved portrait of Dr. E. B. Pusey, and a small portrait.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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[after identification of item(s)], Pusey Family Papers (MSS 064), Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Cynthia Crouch, John N. Wright, and Jennifer Gerth, 1986-1998; and Brandon Wason, 2022.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Philip Pusey was born on June 25, 1799, the first child of Philip Pusey (1748-1828), the youngest son of Jacob Bouverie, the first Viscount Folkestone, and Lady Lucy Sherard (1772-1858), daughter of Robert, the fourth Earl of Harborough. He attended Eton and Oxford, leaving in 1819 before earning a degree. Philip Pusey married Lady Emily Herbert in 1822 and settled in Rome until the death of his father in 1828. Pusey returned to Berkshire to take possession of the family estate, where he distinguished himself as an agriculturalist. Pusey was a member of parliament and one of the founders of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 1840, serving as the first editor of the society’s journal. He was a prolific writer, composing numerous articles on farming, philosophy, and current topics. He also composed hymns, the best known of which is “Lord of our Life and God jf our Salvation.” Philip Pusey died at Christ Church, Oxford on July 9, 1855 while visiting his brother, Edward.

Edward Bouverie Pusey was born on August 22, 1800 and was the second child of Philip Pusey (1748-1828) and Lucy Sherard. An Anglican clergyman and scholar, Edward Pusey matriculated at Oxford as a member of Christ Church in 1819. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1822, and his Master of Arts degree in 1825. In 1829, he was appointed to the chair of the regius professor of Hebrew in Oxford and as canon of Christ Church, Oxford. Pusey is perhaps best known for his role in the great revival of church life, which began between 1830 and 1840, later known as the Oxford Movement. He published a number of works defending the Church of England including “The Oxford Library of Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church, anterior to the Division of East and West,” a translation of the most valuable writings of the church fathers. In addition, he published several volumes of his sermons, including a series entitled “Sermons during the Seasons from Advent to Whitsuntide” (1848-1853). Edward Bouverie Pusey died on September 14, 1882 at Ascot Priory in Berkshire, and was buried at Oxford. More information concerning the life and influence of Dr. Pusey can be found in “A Life of Pusey” (1893-1894), prepared by Canon Liddon, and in general reference sources such as the “Dictionary of National Biography.”

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of seventy-one items including sixty-five handwritten letters signed by Edward Bouverie Pusey. The dated letters span from 1836 to 1882. They are first arranged chronologically followed by letters with no dates. Among the identified correspondents are Frederick Darling, James Bowling Mozley, a Lord C., possibly Lord Camden, and Samuel [?] Wilberforce. One of the letters is a handwritten editorial manuscript entitled "A Choice of Religion" addressed to “The Churchman.” Also included is one engraved portrait of Dr. E. B. Pusey from an unknown source and a small portrait by a Miss Rosa Corder or Coveler.

The handwritten letter by Philip Pusey is addressed to Humphrey Gibb and concerns transportation for a Finnish gentleman who had traveled to England.

A color lithograph and Vanity Fair article (1875) about E. B. Pusey was added to the collection in 2022. These materials were donated by Nathan Pusey, Jr.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 E. B. (Edward Bouverie) Pusey correspondence, 1836-1882
1 2 E. B. (Edward Bouverie) Pusey correspondence and engraving, undated
1 3 E. B. (Edward Bouverie) Pusey framed portrait, undated
1 4 Philip Pusey letter to Humphrey Gibb, 1845
1 5 E. B. (Edward Bouverie) Pusey, color lithograph, 1875 Jan 2
1 6 E. B. (Edward Bouverie) Pusey, Vanity Fair article, 1875 Jan 2