RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFonds
Alt Ref NoCFS
Extent7 series
TitleCHRISTIAN FAITH SOCIETY
Date1642 - 1972
DescriptionThis collection is divided into the following sections:
(A) Charters etc.
(B) Proceedings in Chancery concerning the grant of the first charter, 1788-94.
(C) Proceedings in Chancery concerning the grant of the second charter, 1834-5.
(D) Minutes, 1794-1956.
(E) Treasurer's accounts and subscriptions, 1793-1972.
(F) Correspondence and papers, 1642-1929.
(G) Maps and miscellaneous papers, 1724-1849.
LanguageEnglish
FindingAidsDescriptions available on the National Archives Discovery site <http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk> as well as the Library catalogue.
CreatorNameChristian Faith Society, 1691-;
Society for the Conversion and Religious Instruction and Education of the Negro Slaves in the British West-India Islands, 1794-1836;
Society for Advancing the Christian Faith in the British West-India Islands and elsewhere in the Dioceses of Jamaica and of Barbadoes and the Leeward Islands and in Mauritius, 1836-
AdminHistoryThe Society originated in a bequest by Robert Boyle (a director of the East India Company) in 1691 for advancing religion amongst infidels. Until the American War of Independence the rents of an estate at Brafferton, Yorks., were remitted to William and Mary College, Virginia. In 1794 the charity was reconstituted as The Society for the Conversion and Religious Instruction and Education of the Negro Slaves in the British West-India Islands, and in 1836 after the abolition of slavery as The Society for Advancing the Christian Faith in the British West-India Islands, and elsewhere, in the Dioceses of Jamaica, and of the Barbadoes and the Leeward Islands, and in the Mauritius. A supplemental charter was issued on 29 October 1962. See 'The two charters of the Society for Advancing the Christian Faith ... to which is prefixed a short account of the charitable fund', 1836. Particular undertakings of the Society included the awarding of grants to the William and Mary College in Virginia, for the education of young Native Americans, and missionary work amongst slaves in the Caribbean, Mauritius and other British dependencies. See Henry Otis Dwight, H. Allen Tupper, Edwin Munsell Bliss, The encyclopedia of missions (New York and London: Funk & Wagnall Company, 1904).
AcquisitionDeposited on permanent loan 1973
CopiesMicropublication of the Christian Faith Society is available from World Microfilms Publications and is held by a number of other repositories.

Lambeth Palace Library microfilm: MS Film 1159-1169.
RelatedMaterialLambeth Palace Library: Fulham papers; SPG papers.
Borthwick Institute, York: archival material re CFS (17 boxes), mostly re Brafferton estate, Yorkshire, held as an endowment by the CFS.

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