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W. H. Lyall papers, 1844-1865

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/fkg6w

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lyall, W. H. (William Hearle).
Title: W. H. Lyall papers, 1844-1865
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 125
Extent: 0.7 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Abstract:Contains over 700 manuscript letters covering the period from 1844 to 1865, as well as 100 printed items.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Pitts Theology Library in advance to access this collection.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


[after identification of item(s)], W. H. Lyall Papers, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by William Bradford Smith and Nancy H. Watkins, 1993, 1996.

Collection Description

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 Church Union (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 Secretary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (S.P.G.).

Scope and Content Note

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.

Container List

Dated Correspondence, 1844-1865
Box Folder Content
1 1 Incoming correspondence, 1844-1847
1 2 Incoming correspondence, 1848-1849
1 3 Incoming correspondence, 1850
1 4 Incoming correspondence, 1851
1 5 Incoming correspondence, 1852
1 6 Incoming correspondence, 1853
1 7 Incoming correspondence, 1854
1 8 Incoming correspondence, 1855
1 9 Incoming correspondence, 1856 January-February
1 10 Incoming correspondence, 1856 March-December
1 11 Incoming correspondence, 1857
1 12 Incoming correspondence, 1858
1 13 Incoming correspondence, 1859
1 14 Incoming correspondence, 1860
1 15 Incoming correspondence, 1861
1 16 Incoming correspondence, 1862
2 1 Incoming correspondence, 1863
2 2 Incoming correspondence, 1864
2 3 Incoming correspondence, 1865
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 Miscellaneous undated correspondence and fragments
Subject Files and Printed Material
2 18 St. Dionis, Backchurch, Vestry Meetings, 1860-1865, undated
2 19 English Church Union, 1863-1865, undated
2 20 Sion College, 1860-1865
2 21 Printed Material Relating to other Organizations, 1857-1865, undated
2 22 Ms. Poem, "They came into my heart dear" (2 copies), 1849