RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 5129
Extent5 preliminary leaves, 227 numbered pages
TitleDaniel Wilson, 5th Bishop of Calcutta
Datec. 1845
DescriptionA handwritten mourning biography of his elder sister Ann Bateman (born 1776), wife of William Bateman, and the mother of nine children, all of who survived her. The 'compiler' is not named, and there are a few minor corrections to the text. This may be a copy prepared for the family.

"On the Bishop of Calcutta's return home in 1845, he requested to see the following narrative, which he read with the liveliest emotion again and again. On successive Sundays also parts were read to him at his request, till he stopped the reader once again saying he could not bear it, it affected him so deeply. Finally he added the introduction and conclusion at the earnest request of the compiler of the narrative."

Introduction by the Bishop of Calcutta: "The following memorials are designed for the eyes of the family only. Death bed scenes are not necessary to the confirmation of our faith in the case of those who have long and consistently walked with God... The following memorial contains one of the greatest triumphs of sound scriptural piety over the most acute anguish for a long period of time that has ever been known. To the sorrowing husband and the surviving parent the following memorials of one most dear and affectionately dedicated."
FindingAidsCatalogue description based on sale catalogue.
PhysicalDescriptionBound in contemporary straight grain black morocco, lettered in gilt on the spine 'Memorial'. Some rubbing and wear to the corners and head and tail of the spine. Page edges stained black. 210mm x 165mm.
AdminHistoryDaniel Wilson (1778-1858) was a prominent personality in the British administration of the Indian subcontinent during the mid-nineteenth century, as Anglican bishop of Calcutta from 1832 and the first metropolitan of India and Ceylon. Josiah Bateman married one of the bishop’s daughters, and was the author of the 'Life of the Rt. Rev. Daniel Wilson, D.D.' (London, 1860). The ‘Life’ records correspondence sent to his sister's husband following her death, as well as those written regularly during her lifetime.
AcquisitionPurchased by the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library from Ken Spelman Rare Books, catalogue 98, lot 33, January 2018.
CopiesNo published version has been traced.
RelatedMaterial'The Journal of Bishop Daniel Wilson of Calcutta, 1845-1857' was published by the Church of England Record Society in 2015.

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GB/109/7517Wilson; Daniel (1778-1858); Bishop of Calcutta1778-1858
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