RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelSubfonds
Alt Ref NoMS Film 809-849
Extent41 reels
TitleMicrofilm copy
DateEarly 18th Century
DescriptionSPCK
The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge came into being at the end of the 17th Century in the Church of England's reaction from the Age of the Restoration. It was the first of the great Anglican humanitarism and missionary societies, but concentrated always on Christian literature and education, in the British Isles as well as overseas. In the first half of the 18th Century it was already an extremely active body, and the Archives contain a great many papers from that period. These include voluminous Minutes and Reports; a variety of Books ok Account covering all aspects of the Society's finance ; many papers concerned with education, social reform, or conditions in overseas territories (America, Asia and Africa); and, in particular, substantial series of letters. These last include the 'New England Letters' and 'Letters to Jamaica' as well as the profuse domestic Correspondence and Abstracts of all incoming letters, for which historians are indebted to the dilligence of the society's famous Secretary for most of the first half of the century - Harry Newman, by birth and American.
AcquisitionMicrofilms purchased from World Microfilms Publications, 62 Queen's Grove, London, NW8 6ER, England.
OriginalsHeld at Cambridge University Library.

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