RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoFP XLI
Extent380 ff.
TitleAmerican Papers
DescriptionCorrespondence and papers relating to the American colonies, 1699-1774, comprising:
Connecticut: extract from a letter of Samuel Johnson, 1735 (f.1).
Maryland: ordination papers of Benjamin Lindsay, 1750, and John Rosse, 1754 (ff.2-17).
New England: letter from William Sharpe, 1735 (ff.18-19).
New England, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island: copies of letters to Colonel Nicholson and others, 1699-1700 (ff.20-34).
New York: Correspondence and papers on the church in, 1718-74, including appointment of clergy and the bishop of London's commissaries, returns of clergy in New York to the bishop of London's visitation enquiry, 1724; procedure for granting marriage licences, relations with dissenters, application of Presbyterians in New York and New Jersey for incorporation, the conversion of Mohawk Indians, and the building of King's College, New York. Correspondents include: Thomas Brigden Atwood, Jonathan Arnold, Samuel Auchmuty, Henry and Thomas Barclay, John Bartow, John Beach, Daniel Bondet, Alexander Campbell, Richard Charlton, Thomas Colgan, Myles Cooper, William Cosby, John James Ehl, Alexander Farquharson, William Harrison, Charles Inglis, Robert Jenney, Samuel Johnson, Harry Munro, John Ogilvie, Benjamin Page, Thomas Poyer, Samuel Seabury, Thomas Standard, Peter Stoupe, John Talbot, John Thomas, William Tryon, Edward Vaughan, William Vesey, James Wetmore and Robert Weyman. (ff.35-343).
South Carolina: letter from Alexander Garden, 1729 (ff.344-5).
Virginia, 1770-2: letter from clergy of New York (1771, ff. 346-7) and New Jersey to James Horrocks, and extracts from correspondence between President Nelson of Virginia and Lord Hill (ff.346-54).
S.P.G.: papers on, 1707-c.1770, including appeals of the bishop of London and archbishop of Canterbury for funds for, 1747-52 (ff.355-80).
FindingAidsCatalogue descriptions based on Thomas Nelson Rightmyer, 'Fulham Papers Volumes XLI & XLII: An Addition to Manross', in Anglican and Episcopal History, vol. 62, 1993, pp. 237-65. Except as otherwise noted, all letters are addressed to the Bishop of London. Notations 1723-48 are in the hand of Bishop Edmund Gibson's secretary William Dickes, or are otherwise contemporary with the letters. (Parentheses enclose names, titles and dates added.) [Notes in square brackets were added for clarity.]
CustodialHistoryAlso cited as FP 41
AcquisitionMost of the papers, which are strays from the papers of the Bishops of London originally at Fulham Palace, were given to the Library by Lee, Bolton and Lee in 1976. Correspondence on New York, which had strayed from the main colonial series in the late 19th century, was given to LPL by Lee, Bolton and Lee in 1976 (now FP 41, ff.35-343).
CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 771

Copies of the microfilm may be available in other libraries including a number of American Libraries.
PublnNoteJames B. Bell, "Anglican clergy in colonial America ordained by Bishops of London", 'Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society', April 1973, pp. 103-161 [H5133 1076.20]. Partly based on the Fulham Papers American section.

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