RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 1122/2
Extent211 ff.
TitleTHOMAS SECKER: PAPERS RELATING TO FOREIGN PROTESTANTS
Datec.1755-1761
DescriptionPapers of Thomas Secker (1693-1768), Archbishop of Canterbury 1758-68, relating to foreign Protestants in England and abroad, especially the provision of aid for Protestants suffering religious persecution, exile or other forms of distress.
The papers have endorsements in Secker's hand and appear to have been arranged by him.
Secker included here a few papers of his predecessor, Archbishop Thomas Herring.

MS. 1122/2 is part of a series of four volumes (MSS/1122/1-4).


MS. 1122/2.
ff. 1-6. A list of the contents of this volume. 18th century.
ff. 7-8 [item 102]. Report on the first three years of the 'Society for the Relief of those Protestants that fly into this kingdom'. With endorsements in the hands of Archbishops Thomas Herring and Thomas Secker, the latter dating the report to 'about 1755'.
ff. 9-10 [item 103]. Form of a receipt for the distribution of the Royal Bounty to the Vaudois. 1756.
ff. 11-18 [item 104]. A printed work: 'Memoire au sujet des Eglises Reformées de France, presenté a leurs excellences les seigneurs plenipotentiares des princes & etats protestans, envoiez aux Conferences tenues pour parvenir á la paix'. [no place of publication or date]. Following the words 'Conferences tenues' Secker has written a note: 'a Aix la Chapelle'.
ff. 19-22 [item 105]. A printed work: 'Memoire pour leurs excellences les seigneurs plenipotentiares des etats protestants, sur la desolation des Eglises Reformées de France, &. la justice de rétablir leur liberté'. [no place of publication or date].
ff. 23-24 [item 106]. A memorandum on the suffering of the Vaudois. n.d. With endorsements in the hands of Archbishops Thomas Herring and Thomas Secker, the latter reading: 'The case of the protestants of Piedmont represented to Archbishop Herring by Mr. Devin, Lord Rochford's chaplain at Turin. No date'. William Henry van Nassau van Zuylestein, 4th Earl of Rochford, was Envoy at Turin 1749-55.
ff. 25-26 [item 107]. Extract from a royal warrant altering the distribution of the Royal Bounty. n.d. The last few words are in the hand of Thomas Herring, Archbishop of Canterbury 1747-57. Endorsed by Secker: 'Extract from the warrant for excluding proselytes from the King's Bounty, with queries upon it, in Archbishop Herring's time'.
ff. 27-28 [item 108]. A list of French Protestant chapels, conforming and nonconforming to the Church of England, in the diocese of London and elsewhere, with the names of their ministers. n.d. With endorsements in the hands of Archbishops Thomas Herring and Thomas Secker, the latter dating to list to 'Archbishop Herring's time' [1747-57].
ff. 29-34 [item 109]. 'Historical register of the principal events which have attended Reformation in religion from the earleast times' [324-1745]. n.d. Endorsed by Secker: 'In Archbishop Herring's time'.
f. 35 [item 110]. Petition to Thomas Herring, Archbishop of Canterbury 1747-57, from the ministers of the united French conformist chapels in Castle Street and Berwick Street, Westminster. n.d.
ff. 36-38 [items 111-112]. Letter, in Latin, to Thomas Secker, Bishop of Oxford, from Samuel Luther von Geret (1730-1797) of Thorn. London, 25 Jan. 1757. With a printed item: 'A short account of the present condition of Thorn [now Torun], a Protestant city in Polish Prussia'. n.d. Endorsed by Secker '1757'.
ff. 39-40 [item 113]. Letter from Thomas Herring, Archbishop of Canterbury, to Thomas Secker, Bishop of Oxford, explaining his unwillingness to assist in building a new church for the Protestants at Thorn, Prussia. 4 Feb. 1757.
ff. 41-48 [items 114-118]. Letters and addresses from Samuel Luther von Geret to Thomas Secker and to Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, Secretary of State, concerning a collection in England for building a new church in Thorn. With a copy of a reply by Secker. March-April 1757 and n.d. In English, German and Latin. Cf. Ingram, pp. 268-9.
ff. 49-52 [items 118-119]. Letter to Secker from Johann Rodolph de Valltravers, F.R.S.. Geneva, 9 March 1758. Enclosed is a printed item: 'Extrait des registres de la venerable Compagnie des Pasteurs & Professeurs de l'Eglise & de l'Académie de Geneve, du 10 Février 1758' [no place or date of publication], responding to an article on Geneva in the Encyclopedie and vindicating Protestant belief.
ff. 53-54 [item 120]. Letter to Secker from Amédée de la Rive, Jean Sarasin the elder, Jean Sarasin the younger and other members of the Committee in Geneva responsible for distributing the Royal Bounty, with congratulations on Secker's elevation to the Archbishopric of Canterbury and concerning the Bounty. 9 June 1758. In French. For Secker's reply see ff. 82-83.
ff. 55-73 [items 121-132]. Papers of Secker relating to an appeal in England to raise funds for the building of a new Protestant church in Hagen, Westphalia, in the dominions of the King of Prussia. 1758-59. Included are petitions and letters to Secker from the Deputies of Hagen and from Johann Wilhelm Hausmann, Pastor at Hagen, and a printed church brief: 'Hagen Church, in Westphalia. Charge 3,100l. sterling. To be collected from house to house throughout Great Britain. George the Second ... to all and singular archbishops, bishops ... the thirteenth day of January, in the thirty second year of our reign ... (London: printed by Thomas Baskett and by the assigns of Robert Baskett, 1759). Cf. Ingram p. 268.
ff. 74-78 [items 133-135]. Letter to Secker from John James Majendie [preacher at the French church at the Savoy], enclosing a petition for support from the Royal Bounty from Anne Gonsalve, widow of Abel Gonsalve, a French minister. 11 Sept. 1758. With a copy of Secker's reply, also concerned with the case of Benjamin Du Plan. 13 Sept. 1758. In French and English.
ff. 79-81 [items 136-137]. Address to Secker from the ministers and professors at Geneva on his elevation to the see of Canterbury. With a copy of Secker's reply dated 13 Sept. 1758. In Latin.
ff. 82-85 [items 138-139]. Letter from Secker to John James Majendie [preacher at the French church at the Savoy], enclosing a draft reply to a letter of congratulation (see ff. 53-54) from the Committee at Geneva for the relief of distressed French Protestants. 20 Sept. 1758. With a French translation of Secker's letter by John James Majendie.
ff. 86-91 [items 140-143]. Correspondence between Secker and John James Majendie concerning the Royal Bounty, with a letter to Secker on the same subject from J. West, Secretary to the Treasury. Oct-Nov 1758.
ff. 92-93 [item 144]. Letter to Secker from John Payne, introducing Mr. Du Plessis [Jacques Duplessis (d. 1763)], Chaplain of the French Hospital in London. 8 Nov. 1758.
ff. 94-95 [item 145]. 'Liste des forcats condamnes aux galeres de France au departement de Toulon pour cause de religion'. A list with details of 44 Protestants condemned to the galleys for life. Jan. 1759.
ff. 96-100 [items 146-149]. Letter to Secker from Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, proposing Mr. Viel, a French minister in London, to receive support from the Royal Bounty. With Secker's reply and related correspondence between Secker and John James Majendie. Jan-Feb 1759. Cf. Ingram, p. 279.
ff. 101-112 [items 150-153]. Papers relating to a collection in England to relieve Protestants in Custrin [or Kustrin] and other inhabitants of the New March in Brandenburg, driven into poverty by the Russian invasion. Feb-July 1759. Included are letters to Secker from Christian Ludwig Finne, sent to England by the King of Prussia to plead for aid, and from August Friedrich Sack, Professor at Berlin, and a list of donations received.
ff. 113-114 [item 154]. 'List of the distribution of 1718-4-0 for one year ending 5 July 1759 for the poor French ministers , their widows and orphans...'. In Secker's hand.
ff. 115-116 [item 155]. Letter to Secker from John James Majendie concerning the Royal Bounty and reporting the conclusion of the case of Benjamin Du Plan. 29 Jan 1759.
ff. 117-118 [item 156]. Letter to Secker from the ministers of the Vaudois churches in Germany, congratulating him on his elevation to the see of Canterbury. With six signatures. Endorsed by Secker: ''Received April 4 1759'.
ff. 119-132 [items 157-163]. Papers relating to the Royal Bounty, primarily concerning a proposal from James Barnouin [or Jacques Barnouin], minister in London, and Thomas Du Bisson that French congregations not conforming to the Church of England should enjoy the benefit of the Royal Bounty in the same manner as conforming congregations (ff. 119-120). Included are memoranda by Secker and correspondence between Secker and John James Majendie. Also included is a proposal to increase the annual grant to the French church at Southampton (ff. 121-122). April-May 1759.
ff. 133-134 [item 164]. Letter to Secker from John James Majendie. 27 June 1759.
ff. 135-136 [item 165]. Memorial from the German Reformed congregation at the Savoy, London [German Church of St Mary-Le-Savoy] concerning their distressed state and appealing for further aid. Endorsed by Secker: 'Put into my hands by Mr. Planta [Andrew Planta, also known as Andreas Planta (1717-1773)] Aug 1 1759'. Cf. MS. 1122/3, f. 131.
ff. 137-146 [items 166-170]. Papers relating to an appeal for support to rebuild the Protestant church in Karlsruhe, Baden-Durlach. 1755-60. Included are letters patent of Karl Friedrich, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, an address to Secker from the church at Karlsruhe with his reply, and letters testimonial from the church at Basel. In Latin, German and English.
ff. 147-148 [item 171]. Letter to Secker from the Vaudois churches in Germany. Signed by Jean Philippe May, Pastor at Rohrbach in Hesse Darmstadt. 15 Dec. 1759. In French.
ff. 149-152 [items 172-173]. Petition from the French Protestant church at St. Martin Ongars, London, for support from the Royal Bounty. Two copies. The first is endorsed by Secker: 'brought to me ... Dec 17 1759'. The second is annotated with a letter of support signed by Thomas Sherlock, Bishop of London, Sir John Willes, Lord Chief Justice, Sir Robert Henley, Lord Keeper, and Sir Thomas Chitty, Lord Mayor of London, 22 Dec. 1759. Cf. f. 165.
ff. 153-158 [item 174]. A printed item: 'An Act to explain and amend an Act made in the last session of Parliament, intituled, An Act for granting to His Majesty several rates and duties upon offices and pensions...' (London, 1759).
ff. 159-160 [item 175]. Letter to Secker on various subjects from the Committee in Geneva responsible for distributing the Royal Bounty. 14 Dec. 1759.
ff. 161-164 [items 176-177]. Letter to Secker from John James Majendie with queries concerning the Royal Bounty. With a copy of Secker's reply. 7-9 Jan. 1760.
ff. 165-166 [item 178]. Letter to Secker from Samuel Nicolls, chaplain and secretary of the Bishop of London, concerning the petition from the French Protestant church at St. Martin Ongars (see ff. 149-152). 11 Jan. 1760.
ff. 167-170 [items 179-181]. Letter to Secker from Jacques Barnouin, Minister in London and one of the distributors of the Royal Bounty for the French clergy, resigning his post as distributor, 21 Jan. 1760. With related correspondence between Secker and John James Majendie, 23-24 Jan. 1760.
ff. 171-172 [item 182]. Memorandum by Secker on the Genevan congregation at Constantinople, and the desirability that the English chaplain should speak French and assist them. 23 Jan 1760.
ff. 173-174 [item 183]. Accounts for two years' distribution of the Royal Bounty to ministers and schoolmasters of the Vaudois churches. Endorsed by Secker: 'Jan 29 1760'. Cf. ff. 181-182.
ff. 175-178 [items 184-185]. Petition from the French Protestants of Exeter to George Lavington, Bishop of Exeter, recommending Mr. de Barmont to be the new French minister in Exeter and petitioning for an increase in support from the Royal Bounty. With 11 signatures. Endorsed by Secker: '... to Bp Lavington of Exeter: delivered to me by his direction May 1 1760'. With a letter from Secker to Lavington, 2 May 1760. Cf. ff. 179-180.
ff. 179-180 [item 186]. Letter to Secker from George Lavington, Bishop of Exeter, concerning Mr. Grenier de Barmont, chosen minister by the French Protestants in Exeter, but who refused to accept examination and ordination by Lavington. 19 Sept. 1760.
ff. 181-182 [item 187]. Copy of a letter to the Vaudois ministers in Piedmont and Germany, with accounts of two years' pension at £500 per annum due to them. London, 31 Jan. 1760. Endorsed by Secker: 'From Mr. Mills, May 19 1760'. Cf. ff. 173-4.
ff. 183-189 [items 188-190]. Petition to Secker from Joseph Gabriel Montbrun, a Huguenot ordained a priest by the Bishop of Winchester. Endorsed by Secker: '...May 15 1760'. With related correspondence, including a letter to Secker from John James Majendie, declaring him ineligible to receive help from the Royal Bounty as probably ordained a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. 15-28 May 1760.
ff. 190-195 [items 191-192]. Letter to Secker from Benjamin Du Plan [Benjamin Ribot, Seigneur du Caila et Du Plan], concerning his intended approach to the King for a large increase in the Royal Bounty. 2 Oct. 1760. In French. With a copy of a related letter from Secker to John James Majendie, 9 Oct 1760.
ff. 196-200 [items 193-195]. Correspondence between Secker and John James Majendie concerning the continuance of the Royal Bounty under the new King, George III, and a further approach from Benjamin Du Plan to achieve its increase. Oct. 1760-Sept. 1761.
ff. 201-202 [item 196]. Letter to Secker from the Committee at Geneva for the relief of distressed French Protestants concerning the death of George II and the continuance of the Royal Bounty under George III. Signed by Amédée de la Rive and four other pastors and professors. Geneva, 5 Dec. 1760. In French.
ff. 203-206 [item 197]. Letter to Secker from the ministers of the Vaudois churches concerning the death of George II and the continuance of the Royal Bounty under George III. Signed by Daniel Appia and two others. Piedmont, 10 Dec. 1760.
ff. 207-211 [items 198-200]. Correspondence of Secker with John James Majendie concerning Caspar Michael Stapel, sent to England to seek financial aid for an unnamed Calvinist church in Germany. 17-20 Dec. 1760. Possibly relates to Caspar Michael Stapel (1721-1766), pastor from 1762 of the German Reformed church at Amwell, New Jersey.
LanguageEnglish, German, French, Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2013
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding with boards covered in cloth, 408 x 280 mm., 20th cent.
Paper leaves of various sizes.
CustodialHistoryRecorded in Andrew Coltee Ducarel's catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts begun 1763 (LR/F/42).
CopiesMS 1122/1-3
Negative Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library Box 747
MS 1122/4
Negative Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library Box 748
PublnNoteMSS 1122/1-4 used in Robert G. Ingram, 'Religion, Reform and Modernity in the Eighteenth Century: Thomas Secker and the Church of England', Studies in Modern British Religious History, 17 (The Boydell Press, 2007) [Lambeth Palace Library H5198.SI6]

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