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Extent21 letters
Creator NameTemple, William (1881-1944)
DescriptionLetters of William Temple, later Archbishop of Canterbury, to John Leofric Stocks, [1901-1906], written whilst studying in Europe and considering his future career, discussing the failings of the contemporary church due to a lack of intellectual leadership, his studies, unsure of taking holy orders, doctrine, including the divinity of Christ and questioning of the virgin birth, opinions of artistic works seen in Europe, preference for Botticelli, discussion about honesty, disappointment at being refused as a candidate for ordination by the Bishop of Oxford, [1905-1906]; letters concerning the progress of publication of his Gefford lectures, 1934; comments on an article by Stocks and his opinion on heresy and orthodoxy, 1935; congratulations on Stocks' appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University, 1936.
Admin HistoryBorn, Exeter, 1881, son of Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury. Educated in Rugby and Balliol College, Oxford, and in 1904 was President Oxford Union. Academic career included posts as Fellow and Lecturer in Philosophy, Queen's College Oxford, 1904-1910. From 1905-1906 he travelled in Europe and studied at the Universities of Jena and Berlin, and decided to offer himself as a candidate for ordination. Deacon, 1908; Priest, 1909; Chaplain to Archbishop of Canterbury, 1910-1921; Headmaster, Repton School, 1910-1914; Rector of St James, Piccadilly, 1914-1918; Honorary Chaplain to the King, 1915-1921; Canon of Westminster, 1919-1921; Bishop of Manchester, 1921-1929; Archbishop of York, 1929-1942; Archbishop of Canterbury, 1942-1944. He also undertook posts as Editor of The Challenge, 1915-1918; President of the Workers Educational Association, 1908-1924; Editor of The Pilgrim, 1920-1927. He also had connections with Westfield College, as a member if the Council from 1914, and Chairman from 1916-1920, returning in 1929 as Archbishop of York to dedicate the College Chapel. Died, 1944.
Publications include: 'Thoughts on the Divine Love' (Christian Knowledge Society, London, 1910); 'The Faith and Modern Thought: six lectures' (Macmillan & Co, London, 1910); 'A Challenge to the Church: being an account of the national mission, 1916, and of thoughts suggested by it' (SPCK, London, 1917); 'Issues of Faith: a course of lectures' (Macmillan & Co, London, 1917); 'Christus Veritas. An essay' (Macmillan & Co, London, 1924); 'Christ in his Church. A charge delivered' (Macmillan & Co, London, 1925); 'Christianity and the State' (Macmillan & Co, London, 1928); 'Christian faith and life with Roger L Roberts' (Student Christian Movement Press, London, 1931); 'Christ and the Way to Peace' (Student Christian Movement Press, London, 1935); 'Faith & Freedom' (London, 1935); 'Basic Convictions' (Hamish Hamilton, London, 1937); 'Readings in St. John's Gospel' (Macmillan & Co, London, 1939); 'The Christian Hope of Eternal Life' (SPCK, London, [1941]); 'Christianity and Social Order' (Harmondsworth, New York, 1942).
ArrangementThe correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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DS/UK/131Stocks; John Leofric (1882-1937); philosopher
DS/UK/132Temple; William (1881-1944); Archbishop of Canterbury
DS/UK/133Church of England
DS/UK/141Stocks; Mary Danvers (1891-1975); Baroness; nee Brinton, Principal