RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Extent282 ff.
TitleJOHN MOORE, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
Date1764-1800
DescriptionPapers of John Moore (1730-1805), Archbishop of Canterbury 1783-1805, relating to royal ceremonies, the Episcopal Church of Scotland, and the Church of Ireland.
Included are a few papers of Moore's predecessors Thomas Secker (ff. 2-3) and Frederick Cornwallis (ff. 4-41).

ff. 1-110. Royal marriages, prayers of thanksgiving, and changes in the liturgy, 1764-97.
f. 1. Original label in Moore's hand.
ff. 2-3. Warrant of George III to Thomas Secker, Archbishop of Canterbury, to grant a licence for the marriage of the King's sister Princess Augusta (1737-1813), to Charles William Ferdinand [Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand], afterwards Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (1735-1806). 16 Jan. 1764. With the signature of George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, Secretary of State, and the royal sign manual of George III. For the licence itself and related papers, see MS 1130/2, ff. 5-14.
ff. 4-41. Papers of Frederick Cornwallis, Archbishop of Canterbury, relating to the marriages of William Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1743-1805) and of Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland (1745-1790).
ff. 4-5. Draft report to the King in Council from Frederick Cornwallis, Archbishop of Canterbury, Henry Bathurst, Lord Apsley, Lord Chancellor, and Richard Terrick, Bishop of London, that William Henry, Duke of Gloucester was legally married to Maria Walpole, Dowager Countess of Waldegrave (1736-1807) on 6 September 1766, and that Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland, was legally married to Anne Horton (1743-1808) on 2 October 1771.
ff. 6-9. Minutes of a meeting of the Privy Council to declare the certainty of the marriage of James, Duke of York, afterwards James II, and Anne Hyde. 18 Feb. 1660. A copy.
ff. 10-11. Further draft of the report at ff. 4-5, with marginal notes in the hand of Frederick Cornwallis, Archbishop of Canterbury.
ff. 12-13. Further draft of the same report. May 1773.
ff. 14-15. Minutes of a meeting of the King in Council ordering Frederick Cornwallis, Archbishop of Canterbury, Henry Bathurst, Lord Apsley, Lord Chancellor, and Richard Terrick, Bishop of London, to inquire into the marriages of William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland. 21 May 1773.
ff. 16-17. Depositions made by William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and others, at Gloucester House on 22 May 1773. A copy.
ff. 18-21. Depositions made by Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland, and others, at Cumberland House on 23 May 1773. A copy.
ff. 22-29. Report of Frederick Cornwallis, Archbishop of Canterbury, Henry Bathurst, Lord Apsley, Lord Chancellor, and Richard Terrick, Bishop of London, to the King in Council, 26 May 1773. With minutes of a meeting of the King in Council ordering the report to be formally recorded in the Council records, 26 May 1773. Copies.
ff. 30-35. Further copies of the depositions at ff. 16-21.
ff. 36-37. Letter to Frederick Cornwallis, Archbishop of Canterbury, from William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, asking him to thank the King for declaring himself satisfied with the validity of the Duke's marriage, and expressing a willingness to go through a second marriage ceremony if the King wishes. Endorsed by Cornwallis: 'Rec'd at Lambeth May 27th in the evening'.
ff. 38-39. Message from George III that he would comply with a request from the Duke to go through a second marriage ceremony, but that he does not desire or require it. Endorsed by Cornwallis: 'The King's explanation. Friday morning May 28th'.
ff. 40-41. Letter of thanks to Cornwallis from William Henry, Duke of Gloucester. 29 May 1773.
ff. 42-43. Historical notes on the marriages of Charles I, Charles II and James II. n.d.
ff. 44-45. Notes on fiats for royal marriages 1733-64.
ff. 46-49. Copies of entries in the registers of the Chapel Royal of the marriages of William Charles Henry, Prince of Orange, and Anne, Princess Royal, 14 March 1733/4, and of Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales, to Augusta, Princess of Saxe Gotha, 27 April 1736. Copies made 6 November 1791.
ff. 50-53. Orders of the King in Council for altering the form of prayers for the royal family in England and Scotland. 29 April 1736. Copies.
ff. 54-55. Order from the King in Council to the Archbishop of Canterbury to consider alterations to the liturgy following the King's accession. 25 Oct. 1760.
ff. 56-59. Copies of entries in the registers of the Chapel Royal of the marriages of George III and Princess Charlotte, 8 Sept. 1761, and of Charles William Ferdinand, afterwards Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, and Princess Augusta, 16 Jan. 1764. Copies made 6 November 1791.
ff. 60-63. Orders of the King in Council for altering the form of prayers for the royal family in England and Scotland. 15 April 1795.
ff. 64-65. Letter from John Moore, Archbishop of Canterbury, to George III concerning preparations for the repeat ceremony for the marriage of Frederick, Duke of York. 23 Nov. 1791.
ff. 66-69. Copies from a memorandum by Thomas Secker, Archbishop of Canterbury, on performing the marriage ceremony for George III in 1761. With a note added by John Moore, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1795.
ff. 70-71. Letter to Moore from Stephen Cottrell, clerk of the Privy Council, concerning procedure for altering the prayers for the royal family. 31 Jan. 1795.
ff. 72-73. Letter from Moore to James Cecil, 1st Marquess of Salisbury, Lord Chamberlain, accepting the King's command to perform the marriage ceremony of George, Prince of Wales, and Princess Caroline of Brunswick in the Chapel Royal. 16 March 1795.
ff. 74-75. Letter to Moore from Sir William Scott, Master of the Faculties, sending a draft licence for the marriage of George, Prince of Wales, and Princess Caroline of Brunswick. 18 March 1795.
ff. 76-79. Letter to Moore from Stephen Cottrell, clerk of the Privy Council, sending a draft order of the King in Council for the altering of prayers for the royal family following the marriage of George, Prince of Wales. 13 April 1795.
ff. 80-81. Warrant from George III to Moore to issue a licence for the marriage of Frederick, Duke of York, (1763-1827) and Frederica Charlotte of Prussia. Signed by William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, Foreign Secretary, and with the royal sign manual of George III. 21 Nov. 1791.
ff. 82-83. Letter from Moore to William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, responding to the royal warrant. 21 Nov. 1791.
ff. 84-85. Order of the King in Council for the altering of prayers for the royal family following the marriage of George, Prince of Wales. 15 April 1795. Signed by Stephen Cottrell, clerk of the Privy Council.
ff. 86-87. Letter to Moore from William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Home Secretary, conveying the King's order for a prayer on the birth of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales. Dated 8 Jan. 1795 [but 8 Jan. 1796].
ff. 88-89. Letter to Moore from James Cecil, 1st Marquess of Salisbury, Lord Chamberlain, conveying the King's order for Moore's attendance in the procession for the marriage of Charlotte Augusta, Princess of Wales (1766-1828) to Prince Frederick of Wurttemberg, afterwards King of Wurttemberg. 5 May 1797.
ff. 90-91. Warrant from George III to Moore to issue a licence for the marriage of Charlotte Augusta, Princess of Wales, to Prince Frederick of Wurttemberg. Signed by William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Home Secretary, and with the royal sign manual of George III. 9 May 1797.
f. 92. Copies of correspondence of Moore relating to the issue of a licence for the marriage of Charlotte Augusta, Princess of Wales. n.d.
ff. 93-94. Letter to Moore from William Augustus Fawkener, clerk of the privy Council, concerning the thanksgiving [in 1789] for the recovery of George III. 24 Sept. 1795.
ff. 95-100. Royal proclamations for public thanksgiving. 3 November 1703, 26 September 1710, and 6 December 1714. Copies.
ff. 101-102. Order of the King in Council to the Archbishop of Canterbury to prepare a form of thanksgiving on the birth of a Prince. 12 Aug. 1763 [so dated, but probably 12 August 1762, birthday of Prince George, afterwards George IV]. Copy.
ff. 103-104. Orders of the Privy Council for prayers for the recovery of George III. 13 Nov. 1788. A copy.
ff. 105-106. Letter from Moore to the Lord President of the Council [Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden], conveying the King's order for a general thanksgiving for his recovery. 31 March 1789.
ff. 107-110. Historical notes on prayers for the royal family 1546-1794. n.d.


ff. 111-193. Papers relating to the Episcopal Church of Scotland, 1785-94.
ff. 111-116. Letters from Granville Sharp (1735-1813) to James Manning, President of Rhode Island College, 22 February 1785, and to Robert Findlay, Professor of Divinity at Glasgow, 8 March 1785, concerning the status of the consecration of Samuel Seabury by bishops of the Scottish Episcopalian Church. Copies.
ff. 117-118. Letter to Moore from the Scottish bishops, asserting their loyalty to George III and appealing for an end to the penal laws. Aberdeen, 26 April 1788. A copy.
ff. 119-120. Letter to Moore from William Abernethy Drummond, Bishop of Edinburgh, on the renunciation of the Jacobite cause by the Scottish bishops. 26 May 1788. A copy.
f. 121. Wrapper from a letter received by Moore in May 1788.
ff. 122-123. Extract from the letter from Granville Sharp to James Manning at ff. 111-114.
ff. 124-126. Letter to Moore from John Reay, Minister of the English Chapel, Montrose, on the state of the episcopalian congregations in Scotland, enclosing a list of clergy, their salaries, and the number in their congregations. 5 March 1789.
ff. 127-130. Letter to Moore from John Skinner, Bishop of Aberdeen, William Abernethy Drummond, Bishop of Edinburgh, and John Strachan, Bishop of Brechin, on their visit to England to solicit the repeal of the penal laws. 1 May 1789. Original and a copy.
ff. 131-134. Two letters to Moore from William Abernethy Drummond, Bishop of Edinburgh, on the Bill for the relief of the Scottish episcopalian clergy, the verification for Samuel Seabury of the episcopal succession of Scottish bishops and other matters. London, 16 May and 2 June 1789.
ff. 135-136. Letter to Moore from Sir William Wynne, Dean of the Arches, giving legal advice as to whether a bishop may refuse to institute a person to a benefice in England who received ordination from a Roman Catholic bishop in Ireland. 26 June 1789. The case put to Wynne, which was thought to have implications with regard to the Scottish bishops, is at ff. 192-193.
ff. 137-140. Letter to Moore from Charles Webster, minister at Edinburgh, enclosing a list of the Scottish episcopalian clergy. Edinburgh, 18 March 1790.
ff. 141-142. Letter to Moore from George Gleig, minister at Stirling, concerning the Bill for the Scottish episcopalian clergy. Stirling, 25 March 1790.
ff. 143-144. Succession list of bishops in Scotland since the Glorious Revolution, 1693-1782.
ff. 145-146. Letter from Henry Dundas to the Committee of the Assembly of the Church of Scotland concerning the Test Act. London, 18 Jan. 1791.
ff. 147-150. Observations on the Test Act following discussion in the Assembly of the Church of Scotland as to whether the Act was binding in Scotland. n.d.
ff. 151-157. 'Extract from Dr. Carlyle's letter etc respecting the Test Act as it affects the Scotch. March 8 1791'. Extract from a letter from Alexander Carlyle (1722-1805) dissenting from a resolution of the Committtee of the Assembly on the Test Act. 2 copies.
ff. 158-159. Letter to Moore from William Blake and John Blackhall concerning a subscription for a new building for the congregation of Trinity church, Aberdeen. 17 March 1791.
ff. 160-161. Letter to Moore from Sir William Wynne, Dean of the Arches, commenting on the draft of a Bill concerning the Scottish bishops. Wednesday 17 June [1789].
ff. 162-163. 'An Act for granting relief to pastors, ministers and lay persons of the episcopal communion in Scotland'. Endorsed by Moore: 'Episcopalians in Scotland. Sketch of a new Bill'.
ff. 164-167. 'An Act for granting relief to pastors or ministers, and other persons, being or professing to be of the episcopal communion, in that part of Great Britain called Scotland'. A further draft Bill.
f. 168. List of Acts relevant to the Scottish bishops. n.d.
f. 169. Arguments against the claims of the Scottish bishops to episcopal jurisdiction. n.d.
ff. 170-173. Letter to Moore from Henry Dundas, afterwards 1st Viscount Melville, enclosing a letter received by him from George Hill, Professor of Divinity at St. Andrews, reporting discussion in the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on the report of its Committee on the Test Act. 31 May 1791.
ff. 174-189. 'A narrative of the proceedings relating to the Bill which was lately passed into a law, intituled An act for granting relief to pastors, ministers, and lay persons of the episcopal communion in Scotland. By a member of their committee [John Skinner, Bishop of Aberdeen] ... (Aberdeen, 1792). Printed.
ff. 190-191. Letter to Moore from Sir William Wynne, Dean of the Arches, on proposals concerning the Scottish bishops and their authority with regard to clergymen in Scotland who received ordination from English or Irish bishops. 29 March 1794.
ff. 192-193. Case put to Sir William Wynne [in 1789] for legal advice. See ff. 135-6.


ff. 194-282. Papers relating to the Church of Ireland, 1782-1800.
ff. 192-197. Letter to Moore from Richard Robinson, 1st Baron Rokeby, Archbishop of Armagh, enclosing a statement signed by the Irish bishops objecting to a Bill concerning the lands of ecclesiastical corporations in Ireland. 27 Feb. 1782.
ff. 198-210. Letters to Robert Fowler, Archbishop of Dublin, from George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, on the state of the Church of Ireland, and conveying the King's instructions for a survey to be made of clergy absent from their cures. 10 April 1788. Copies.
ff. 211-221. Letter to Moore from Charles Agar, Archbishop of Cashel, enclosing a copy of a Bill proposed some time previously by Agar to encourage the building of glebe houses, and commenting on the demand of Roman Catholics for equality in Ireland. 7 Feb. 1792.
ff. 227-227a. 'Dublin the 27th of March 1790. Resolved that we who have hereunto subscribed our names will not ordain any person...' A declaration by the archbishops and bishops that candidates for ordination from Trinity College Dublin must produce a certificate of attendance at a complete course of lectures in divinity. With a resolution dated 1 May 1790 providing a list of books on which candidates for ordination will be examined. Printed.
ff. 228-229. Letter to Moore from Charles Agar, Archbishop of Cashel, enclosing a volume containing printed Acts concerning the building of glebe houses in Ireland. 2 April 1792. The volume of printed Acts has been transferred to printed books.
ff. 230-235. Two letters to Moore from Richard Woodward (1726-1794), Bishop of Cloyne, concerning the case of Henry Agar, Rector of Iniscarra, accused of incest with his daughter. 14 Sept. 1793 and 24 March 1794.
ff. 236-237. Letter to Moore from Euseby Cleaver (1746–1819), Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin, recommending Dean Warburton [Charles Mongan Warburton (1754-1826), Dean of Ardagh, afterwards Bishop of Cloyne] for preferment. 23 Dec. 1794.
ff. 238-241. Two letters to Moore from Charles Mongan Warburton, Dean of Ardagh, requesting a Lambeth D.D., 20 Jan. 1795; announcing that he has been awarded a D.D. from Trinity College, Dublin, and is recommended for the vacant see of Killala, 21 Feb. 1795.
ff. 242-248. Letter to Moore from William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Home Secretary, concerning Charles Mongan Warburton, Dean of Ardagh, with draft and copy replies from Moore stating that he is not prepared to recommend Warburton for a bishopric. 5-8 March 1795.
ff. 249-252. Letter from Moore to Charles Mongan Warburton. 9 March 1795. Two copies.
ff. 253-254. Letter to Moore from Charles Mongan Warburton offering testimonials concerning his character and conduct. 24 March 1795.
ff. 255-258. Letter to Moore from William Newcome (1729-1800), Archbishop of Armagh, offering testimony in favour of Charles Mongan Warburton, 24 March 1795. With an extract copied from the same letter.
ff. 259-260. Letter from Moore to Charles Mongan Warburton. 25 March 1795.
ff. 261-262. Letter to Moore from Sir Stephen Cottrell, Clerk of the Privy Council, concerning alterations to the Book of Common Prayer following the Act of Union. 31 Oct. 1800.
ff. 263-264. Order of the King in Council concerning alterations to the Book of Common Prayer following the Act of Union. 1 January 1801.
ff. 265-266. Extract from the report of a committee concerning the union of England and Scotland, 29 March 1707.
ff. 267-270. Order of the Queen in Council for alterations to the Book of Common Prayer following the union of England and Scotland. 17 April 1707. 2 copies.
ff. 271-274. Letter to Moore from Sir Stephen Cottrell, 24 Dec. 1800, enclosing a copy of a letter received by him from John Milford, Attorney General, proposing an alteration to the wording of proclamations. 24 Dec. 1800.
ff. 275-276. Minute of the King in Council that Moore was sworn of the Privy Council for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Signed by William Augustus Fawkener, Clerk of the Privy Council. 1 January 1801.
ff. 277-278. Text of alterations necessary in the Book of Common Prayer following the Act of Union. Endorsed by Moore: '... Laid before the Council Decr. 1800, approved and passed January 1st 1801...'.
ff. 279-282. Letter [to Edward Cooke (1755-1820) Under-Secretary for the civil department in Ireland] from Euseby Cleaver, Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin, concerning alterations to the liturgy of the Church of Ireland. 12 Feb. 1801. With a copy of a letter from Cooke to Cleaver concerning the same, 19 Feb. 1801.
LanguageEnglish
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2015
PhysicalDescriptionGuard book, 394 x 300 mm., bound in blue cloth.
Paper leaves, various sizes.
Copiesff. 194-228
Negative Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library, Box 531

Folios 93-4, 97-98, 101-2, 103-4, 105-6 are printed in 'From the Reformation to the Permissive Society: A Miscellany in Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Lambeth Palace Library', ed. Melanie Barber and Stephen Taylor with Gabriel Sewell (Church of England Record Society volume 18, 2010), pp. 237-238, 265-267 [copy in Lambeth Palace Library H5051.C4 [R]].

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