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Rhys Davids family

Rhys Davids family

Thomas and Caroline Rhys Davids were eminent Pali scholars. They were married in 1894 and had three children: Vivien, Arthur and Nesta. Arthur was a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps and was killed during the First World War.

Thomas Rhys Davids was the son of Thomas William Davids, an ecclesiastical historian and pastor of Lion Walk Congregational Church, Colchester, Essex.

Caroline Rhys Davids was the daughter of John Foley, vicar of Wadhurst, Sussex, and Caroline Elizabeth Foley (née Windham). She had a brother, Charles Windham Foley, a solicitor at Morgan and Co, Calcutta, India, and a sister, Mary Cecilia Foley. Through her father, John Foley, the son of John Foley, rector of Holt, Worcestershire, and grandson of Robert Foley, vicar of Mordiford, Herefordshire, she was connected to the Foley family of Witley Court, Worcestershire. Through her mother, Caroline Elizabeth Foley (née Windham), she was a member of the Windham family of Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk.

Correspondence and papers, 1722-1978

The collection comprises the papers of:

30 boxes and 4 volumes

The Library holds a collection of Rhys Davids' photographs of family and friends, comprising 3 boxes of negatives and prints (uncatalogued)

index of people, places and institutions

RD T Thomas William Rhys Davids (1843-1922), Pali scholar

Thomas Rhys Davids was born in Colchester, Essex, 12 May 1843. He was educated at Clive House School, Brighton, and Breslau University, where he studied Greek and Sanskrit. He held a number of posts in the Ceylon Civil Service, including District Judge and Archaeological Commissioner, 1866-72. He was taught Pali by a Buddhist scholar, Yatramulle Unnanse. He returned to England, 1873, and became a barrister, 1877. He was appointed Professor of Pali and Buddhist Literature at University College, London, 1882-1904; Secretary and Librarian of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1885-1904; and Professor of Comparative Religion at Manchester University, 1904-15. He married Caroline Foley, 1894. He was a founder and President of the Pali Text Society, 1881-1922, and a founder of the British Academy, 1901. In his retirement, he wrote for the Manchester Guardian and worked on the preparation of a Pali dictionary. He died in Chipstead, Surrey, 27 December 1922.

Correspondence and papers, 1852-1922

The collection mainly comprises manuscripts, articles, lectures, diaries, correspondence and accounts.

5 boxes

RD T/1 Memoir of Thomas Rhys Davids' first encounter with Pali in Ceylon
30 Jul 1902
3 sheets
Dictated to Caroline Rhys Davids

RD T/2 Sanskrit grammar
undated
1 vol

RD T/3 Articles
undated, 1911
4 bundles, ms and typescript

RD T/3/1 Draft article on discipline in Buddhism
19 Jan 1911
4 sheets, typescript

RD T/3/2 Draft article on the rock cave inscriptions in Ceylon
undated
9 sheets
With a transcription of an inscription from Pulastipura
English and Pali

RD T/3/3 Draft article on the Essenes and the Buddhists
undated
10 sheets

RD T/3/4 Draft article on dhammapala
undated
7 sheets

RD T/4 Draft notice about current work
1894
1 sheet
Published in the Buddhist, 20 Apr 1894

RD T/5 Draft review of Thomas Rhys Davids, Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by Some Points in the History of Indian Buddhism (1881)
1882
3 sheets
Published in Mind, vol. VII (1882)
The author is identified as 'J B-G'

RD T/6 Lectures
undated, 1880, 1882, 1884
5 bundles, ms and printed

RD T/6/1 Copy lecture on Buddhism
1880
1 pamphlet, printed
Titled 'Is Life Worth Having? And the Eternal Hope: an Answer from Buddha's First Sermon to Some Questions of Today'
Given at the Sunday Lecture Society, 19 Jan 1879

RD T/6/2 Draft lecture on Buddhism
1880
10 sheets
Titled 'The Essence of Buddhism'
Given at University College, London, 12 Nov 1880
Incomplete

RD T/6/3 Draft lecture on Buddhism
1882
23 sheets

RD T/6/4 Draft lecture on Islam
21 Mar 1884
57 sheets

RD T/6/5 Draft lecture on nirvana
undated
15 sheets

RD T/7 Diaries
1859-1908
15 vols, ms and printed
Mainly comprises appointment diaries

RD T/7/1
Apr-Sep 1859
With a list of books read

RD T/7/2
Sep 1859-Apr 1860
With notes on Geography

RD T/7/3
1875

RD T/7/4
1876

RD T/7/5
1884

RD T/7/6
1885

RD T/7/7
1886

RD T/7/8
1886

RD T/7/9
1887

RD T/7/10
1888

RD T/7/11
1889

RD T/7/12
1890

RD T/7/13
1894

RD T/7/14
1896

RD T/7/15
1907-8

RD T/8 General correspondence
undated, 1861-1922
2 bundles, ms and typescript
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent

RD T/8/1 A-L

RD T/8/2 M-Y
Also includes letters from unidentified correspondents

RD T/9 Correspondence and papers about school
1854-9
1 bundle, ms and printed
Includes a school report, 1854; an examination certificate, 1859; and a drawing of the Old School Rooms, Priory Street, Colchester, Essex, undated
Thomas Rhys Davids was educated at Clive House School, Brighton

RD T/10 Correspondence and papers about Ceylon
undated, 1866-75
2 bundles, ms and printed

RD T/10/1 Letters of appointment
1866-9
1 bundle, ms and printed, with paper seals

RD T/10/2 Correspondence and papers
undated, 1867-75
1 bundle, ms and printed
Includes legal papers and press cuttings
Also with copy testimonials of Solomon Dias Bandaranaike, 1849, and a sale catalogue of Thomas Rhys Davids' personal effects, 30 Jan 1869
English and Sinhalese

RD T/11 Correspondence and papers about the estate of Thomas William Davids
1877-1900
1 bundle, parchment and paper
Comprises a draft will, Jan 1877; a probate copy of the will, 1884; letters about the purchase of his books by the Congregational Library, London, 1884; a fundraising leaflet, with corrections by Thomas Rhys Davids, 1884; letters about the death of his widow, Mary, 1896; and a receipt, 1900

RD T/12 Correspondence and papers about elections to institutions
1878-1912
1 bundle, ms, typescript and printed
The institutions include South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess, 1878; Committee of the Association of Liberal Thinkers, 1878; Savile Club, 1879; Royal Historical Society, 1887; New York Academy of Anthropology, 1889; Managing Committee of the School for Modern Oriental Languages, University College, London, 1889; Life Governor of University College, London, 1890; Asiatic Society of Ceylon, 1892; Anglo-German Friendship Committee, 1905; Deutsche Pali-Gesellschaft, 1910; India Society, 1911; and Honorary Correspondent of the Archaeological Department of the Government of India, 1912
English and German

RD T/13 Correspondence and papers about the Hibbert Lectures
1880-1, 1899
1 bundle
Mainly comprises correspondence with the Hibbert Trust
Published as Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by Some Points in the History of Indian Buddhism (1881)
With accounts of sales of the published edition of the lectures, 1881- 99

RD T/14 Correspondence and papers about applications for posts
1883-1911
1 bundle, ms and printed
Includes testimonials and covering letters
The posts include Official Receiver, 1883-4; Assistant Recorder, Rangoon, 1885;Secretary of University College, London, 1886; Professor of Ancient History, Oxford University, 1889; Secretary of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1889; Librarian of the India Office, 1892-3; and Wilde Lecturer in Natural and Comparative Religion, Oxford University, 1911
English, French and German

RD T/15 Correspondence and papers about honorary degrees
1885-1910
3 bundles, ms, typescript and printed

RD T/15/1 Invitation to receive an honorary degree from Edinburgh University
18 Mar 1885
1 sheet, ms and printed

RD T/15/2 Letters about an honorary degree from Cambridge University
1896
3 items

RD T/15/3 Letter and papers about the award of an honorary degree by Sheffield University
1910
1 bundle, typescript and printed

RD T/16 Correspondence and papers about a Civil List pension
1894
1 bundle, ms and printed
Comprises letters and press cuttings

RD T/17 Correspondence and papers about a Chair in Pali and Buddhist Studies at Oxford University
1895
1 bundle
Thomas Rhys Davids and Max Muller appealed to King Chulalongkorn of Siam to establish a Chair at Oxford University

RD T/18 Correspondence and papers about the British Academy
undated, 1901-17
1 bundle, ms, typescript and printed
Includes copy letters, agendas, minutes, papers and invitations to meetings

RD T/19 Correspondence about Manchester University
1909-15
1 bundle, ms and typescript
Thomas Rhys Davids was Professor of Comparative Religion at Manchester University, 1904-15

RD T/19 Personal and professional correspondence
1866-1911
6 bundles

RD T/20/1 Letters from Robert Caesar Childers
1869-76
48 items

RD T/20/2 Letters from S. P. de Silva
1879-83
12 items
Written from Ceylon

RD T/20/3 Letters from Julius Eggeling
1866-1911
13 items
Includes letters written from Germany
English and German

RD T/20/4 Letters from Viggo Fausbøll
1875-96
15 items
Includes letters written from Denmark

RD T/20/5 Correspondence with William Hunter
1881-98
12 items

RD T/20/6 Correspondence with Max Muller
1877-99
133 items, ms, typescript and printed
Includes some agreements and letters from the Clarendon Press

RD T/21 Family correspondence
undated, 1852-1919
8 bundles

RD T/21/1 Letters from Esdaile Davids
undated, 1866-71
18 items
Includes letters to other members of the Davids family
Written from Australia

RD T/21/2 Letters from Thomas William Davids
undated, 1870-3
19 items
With an account
English and Shorthand

RD T/21/3 Letters from Arthur Rhys Davids
undated, 1902-17
10 items

RD T/21/4 Letters from Caroline Rhys Davids
undated, 1880-1919
261 items in 3 bundles
English and German

RD T/21/4/1
1880-94
Includes letters written from France and Switzerland
With a pressed flower

RD T/21/4/2
1895-1907
Includes letters written from Germany and Switzerland

RD T/21/4/3
undated, 1909-19

RD T/21/5 Letters from Vivien Rhys Davids
undated, 1899-1918
14 items

RD T/21/6 Correspondence with other family members
undated, 1852-1910
1 bundle
English and German

RD T/22 Account books
1858-80
3 vols

RD T/22/1 Income and expenditure accounts
1858-67
1 vol
English and Shorthand

RD T/22/2 Income and expeniture accounts
1866-70
1 vol

RD T/22/3 Quarterly and annual income and expenditure accounts
1859-80
1 vol

RD T/23 Certificate and student card from Breslau University
1862-5
2 items, ms and printed
The certificate lists courses taken and marks attained

RD T/24 Certificate from the Council of Legal Education
9 Apr 1877
1 item, ms and printed
Records Thomas Rhys Davids' qualification as a barrister

RD T/25 Draft wills
1867, 1870, 1872
3 items

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RD C Caroline Augusta Foley Rhys Davids (1857-1942), Pali scholar

Caroline Augusta Foley was born in Wadhurst, Sussex, 27 September 1857. She was educated at home and at University College, London, BA, 1886, MA, 1889. She was a member of staff of the Economic Journal, 1891-5. She worked on behalf of various societies for the welfare of women and children, 1890-4, and was a campaigner for women's suffrage, 1896-1914. She married Thomas Rhys Davids, 1894. She was appointed Lecturer in Indian Philosophy at Manchester University, 1910-13, and Lecturer in the History of Buddhism at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 1918-33. She was Honorary Secretary, 1907-22, and President, 1923-42, of the Pali Text Society. She died in Chipstead, Surrey, 26 June 1942.

Correspondence and papers, 1873-1944

The collection mainly comprises manuscripts, articles, book reviews, lectures, notebooks, diaries, correspondence and sketchbooks.

12 boxes

RD C/1 Draft of Psalms of the Early Buddhists. Psalms of the Sisters (1909)
undated [1909]
1 vol

RD C/2 Draft preface to the second edition of A Buddhist Manual of Psychological Ethics
Dec 1922
11 sheets

RD C/3 Articles
undated
6 bundles

RD C/3/1 Draft article on dhyana in Early Buddhism
undated
31 sheets, typescript

RD C/3/2 Draft article on Buddhism in South Asia
undated
7 sheets, typescript

RD C/3/3 Draft article on fellowship
undated
4 sheets, typescript
Titled 'A Workable Bond of Fellowship'

RD C/3/4 Draft article on Buddhism
undated
47 sheets
Titled 'Thinking of Something Else'

RD C/3/5 Draft article on purity and purification
undated
13 sheets

RD C/3/6 Draft article on logic
undated
10 sheets

RD C/4 Book reviews
1902-39
1 bundle, typescript and printed
Comprises draft and copy reviews by Caroline Rhys Davids

RD C/5 Book reviews
1924-36
1 bundle, printed
Comprises press cuttings and copy reviews of the following books by Caroline Rhys Davids: Old Creeds and New Needs (1923); The Majjhima Nikaya (1925); a revised edition of Thomas Rhys Davids, Buddhist Birth Stories or Jataka Tales (1925); Gotama the Man (1928); Stories of the Buddha (1929); A Manual of Buddhism for Advanced Students (1932); Indian Religion and Survival (1934); Outlines of Buddhism (1934); Buddhism: its Birth and Dispersal (1934) The Birth of Indian Psychology and its Development in Buddhism (1936)
English and German

RD C/6 Lectures
undated
6 bundles

RD C/6/1 Draft lecture on the evolution of the idea of God
undated
25 sheets

RD C/6/2 Draft lecture on the Pali Text Society
undated
21 sheets

RD C/6/3 Draft lecture on women in Ancient India
undated
42 sheets

RD C/6/4 Draft lecture on will
undated
13 sheets
Incomplete

RD C/6/5 Draft lecture on Indian Buddhism
undated
22 sheets

RD C/6/6 Notes for a speech given in response to a paper by Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekera
undated
1 sheaf, typescript

RD C/7 School notebooks
undated, 1873-84
4 vols
Caroline Rhys Davids was educated at home
English, German and French

RD C/8 University notebooks
undated, 1888-90
3 boxes
Caroline Rhys Davids was a student at University College, London
With examination scripts, question papers and revision notes

RD C/9 Translation of the story of Nala (Nalopakhyanam) from the Mahabharata
undated
2 vols
Books IX-XXII
A note on the cover of one of the volumes records that the translation was made while Caroline Rhys Davids was studying Sanskrit with Reinhold Rost

RD C/10 Notes on the Vinaya-pitaka (Book of the Discipline)
undated
1 bundle
Sent to Isaline Horner

RD C/11 General notebooks
undated, 1890-1940
4 vols, ms and printed

RD C/11/1
1890

RD C/11/2
1891

RD C/11/3
1926-30, 1940

RD C/11/4
undated

RD C/12 Diaries
1874-1942
17 vols, ms and printed
Mainly comprises appointment diaries

RD C/12/1
1874-5

RD C/12/2
1881-2
With notes on belief, 1888

RD C/12/3
1890
Description of a journey from Bath, Somerset, to Sennen, Cornwall, Jul 1890
With sketches

RD C/12/4
1891
With press cuttings

RD C/12/5
1898

RD C/12/6
1903

RD C/12/7
1905
With a piece of felt

RD C/12/8
1906

RD C/12/9
1907

RD C/12/10
1908

RD C/12/11
1909

RD C/12/12
1910

RD C/12/13
1911

RD C/12/14
1916

RD C/12/15
1931

RD C/12/16
1941

RD C/12/17
1942

RD C/13 General correspondence
undated, 1891-1942
3 bundles, ms and typescript
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
English, French and German

RD C/13/1 A-G

RD C/13/2 H-P

RD C/13/3 Q-Z
Also includes letters from unidentified correspondents

RD C/14 Correspondence and papers about family history
undated, 1875-1924
1 bundle, ms, typescript and printed
Comprises correspondence, notes, pedigrees, press cuttings, a poem, and copies of arms and monumental inscriptions
With copies of diary entries and letters, undated, 1784-1846
Contains details of the Foley, Windham and Thelluson families

RD C/15 Letters and papers about universities
1886-1938
3 bundles, ms, typescript and printed, paper and parchment

RD C/15/1 Letters and papers about University College, London
1886-1924
1 bundle, ms, typescript and printed, paper and parchment
Includes a BA degree certificate, 24 Nov 1886, and a list of prizewinners, 1889-90

RD C/15/2 Letters about Manchester University
1906-24
1 bundle, ms and typescript

RD C/15/3 Letters about the Wilde Lectureship, Oxford University
1938
1 bundle, ms and typescript

RD C/16 Correspondence and papers about the estate of Martha Foley
1898-1921
1 bundle, typescript
Mainly comprises correspondence with Turner and Foley, notes about investments, inventories, and accounts

RD C/17 Letters and papers about Thomas Rhys Davids' will and the gift of part of his library to Ceylon University
1923-5
1 bundle, typescript
With an inventory of the books, undated, and letters of administration, 17 Feb 1923

RD C/18 Personal and professional correspondence
undated, 1890-1942
23 bundles, ms and typescript

RD C/18/1 Letters from Alexis Berthod
1892-1906
16 items
Written from France
Alexis Berthod was one of Caroline Rhys Davids' Alpine guides
With bills
French

RD C/18/2 Letters from Earl Henry Brewster
1916-27
14 items
Written from Italy, Ceylon and the United States

RD C/18/3 Letters from Ambalangoda Polvatte Buddhadatta
1913-34
30 items
Written from Ceylon
English and Pali

RD C/18/4 Letters from Laure Cerise
1890-1909
16 items
Written from France
French

RD C/18/5 Letters from Ananda Coomaraswamy
undated, 1912-42
44 items, ms and typescript
Includes letters written from the United States

RD C/18/6 Letters from Angarika Dharmapala
undated, 1898-1922
14 items
Written from Ceylon, India and Hawaii

RD C/18/7 Letters from Francis Ysidro Edgeworth
undated, 1898
10 items
English and French

RD C/18/8 Letters from Henry Snyder Gehman
1922-42
19 items, ms and typescript
Written from the United States

RD C/18/9 Letters from Arthur John Gossip
undated, 1913-16
10 items, ms and typescript

RD C/18/10 Letters from Miles Hare
1922-42
29 items
Written from Ceylon and Tasmania

RD C/18/11 Letters from Isaline Horner
1932-42
25 items

RD C/18/12 Letters from Don Baron Jayatilaka
undated, 1913-16
11 items

RD C/18/13 Correspondence with Chintaman Vinayak Joshi
1923-35
17 items
Written from India

RD C/18/14 Letters from Georg Landsberg
1913-14
10 items
Written from Japan and Germany
German

RD C/18/15 Letters from Mary Lilley
1911-16
21 items

RD C/18/16 Letters from Gina Lomboro
undated, 1895-1906
20 items
Written from Italy
French

RD C/18/17 Letters from Jean Przyluski
undated, 1928-34
27 items, ms and typescript
Written from France
French

RD C/18/18 Letters from Piyadasa Dharmasiri Ratnatunga
1913-18
14 items
Written from Ceylon

RD C/18/19 Letters from Edward Joseph Thomas
1914-38
10 items
With a copy of his obituary from the Emmanuel College Magazine, 1957-8, and a photographic plate of his portrait

RD C/18/20 Letters from Max Walleser
1914-27
10 items
Written from Germany

RD C/18/21 Letters from Friedrich Weller
undated, 1913-27
11 items
Written from Germany
German

RD C/18/22 Letters from Ann Wheaton
undated, 1894-1913
16 items
Includes a letter from Italy

RD C/18/23 Letters from Frank Lee Woodward
1914-42
50 items
Written from Ceylon and Tasmania

RD C/19 Family correspondence
undated, 1890-1922
11 bundles

RD C/19/1 Letters from Mary Cecilia Foley
undated, 1893-1915
22 items
Includes letters written from Norway and Germany

RD C/19/2 Letters from Arthur Rhys Davids
1907-17
262 items in 3 bundles

RD C/19/2/1
1907-13

RD C/19/2/2
1914-15

RD C/19/2/3
1916-17

RD C/19/3 Letters from Thomas Rhys Davids
undated, 1890-1915
221 items in 4 bundles
Includes letters written from India
English and German

RD C/19/3/1
1890-99

RD C/19/3/2
1900-15

RD C/19/3/3
undated

RD C/19/3/4
undated

RD C/19/4 Letters from Vivien Rhys Davids
undated, 1902-1922
211 items in 2 bundles

RD C/19/4/1
undated, 1902-15

RD C/19/4/2
undated, 1916-22

RD C/19/5 Correspondence with other family members
undated, 1898-1918
9 items
English and German

RD C/20 Scrapbooks about the children
1895-1906
3 vols

RD C/20/1 Scrapbook about Vivien Rhys Davids, Part I
1895-8
Comprises a diary, correspondence, drawings, footprints, photographs and a lock of hair

RD C/20/2 Scrapbook about Vivien Rhys Davids, Part II
1898-1904
Comprises a diary, correspondence, drawings, footprints, school reports, programmes, needlework, a photograph and watercolours

RD C/20/3 Scrapbook about Arthur Rhys Davids
1897-1906
Comprises a diary, correspondence, a lock of hair, drawings, needlework, watercolours, school reports and programmes

RD C/21 Certificates
1891, 1903
2 items, ms and printed
Comprises a membership certificate of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1891, and an honorary membership certificate of the International Buddhist Society, 1903

RD C/22 Sketchbooks and a drawing
1877, 1880, 1884-5
3 vols (1-3) and 1 sheet (4)

RD C/22/1
1877, 1884
Comprises watercolours
Includes views of the Isle of Wight and Normandy, France

RD C/22/2
1880
Comprises watercolours and pencil sketches
Includes views in and around Windsor, Berkshire, and Oban, Argyll
With a press cutting

RD C/22/3
1884
Comprises watercolours and pencil sketches
Latter half blank

RD C/22/4 Sketch map of the Aosta Valley, Italy
1885
1 sheet

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RD J Joint correspondence and papers of Thomas William Rhys Davids (1843-1922) and Caroline Augusta Foley Rhys Davids (1857-1942)

Correspondence and papers, 1861-1947

The collection mainly comprises diaries, correspondence, photographs and personal effects.

4.5 boxes

RD J/1 Miscellaneous notes
undated
1 bundle

RD J/2 Diaries
1911-14
3 vols, ms and printed
Comprises appointment diaries

RD J/2/1
1911-12

RD J/2/2
1912-13

RD J/2/3
1913-14

RD J/3 General correspondence
undated, 1861-1922
1 bundle, ms and typescript
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent

RD J/4 Correspondence with publishers about books
1876-1947
28 bundles, ms, typescript and printed

RD J/4/1 Correspondence and papers about Thomas Rhys Davids, Buddhist Birth Stories or Jataka Tales: the Oldest Collection of Folklore Extant Being the Jatakatthavannana (1880)
1876-1904, 1923-36
Mainly comprises correspondence with and royalty statements from Trübner and Co and George Routledge and Sons Ltd
With agreements, undated and 24 Jan 1924, and an account, 1877-83
English and Shorthand

RD J/4/2 Correspondence and papers about Thomas Rhys Davids, Buddhist India
1887-1932
Mainly comprises letters and royalty statements from G. P. Putnam's Sons and T. Fisher Unwin Ltd
With an agreement, 31 Jul 1888, and a draft agreement, Oct 1887

RD J/4/3 Correspondence and papers about Thomas Rhys Davids, Buddhism
1894-1925
Mainly comprises letters and royalty statements from G. P. Putnam's Sons
With an agreement, 2 Nov 1894

RD J/4/4 Correspondence and papers about Thomas Rhys Davids, Buddhism
1899-1928
Mainly comprises letters and royalty statements from the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge

RD J/4/5 Correspondence and papers about Thomas Rhys Davids, Early Buddhism (1908)
1904-9
Mainly comprises correspondence with Archibald Constable and Company Ltd

RD J/4/6 Correspondence and papers about Thomas Rhys Davids, Comparative Religion
1905-13
Mainly comprises correspondence with Methuen and Co Ltd
With an agreement, 20 Sep 1906

RD J/4/7 Letter from Edward Arnold rejecting a proposed book of essays on Indian religion by Thomas Rhys Davids
27 Jul 1905

RD J/4/8 Letters from T. C. and E. C. Jack about a proposed book on Buddhism by Thomas Rhys Davids
1911-12

RD J/4/9 Papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, Buddhism (1912)
1912, 1926, 1930-43
Comprises royalty statements from Williams and Norgate, Thornton Butterworth Ltd and Oxford University Press
With a draft agreement, undated

RD J/4/10 Correspondence and papers about Thomas Rhys Davids, Sacred Books of the East, vols. XI and XXXV
1913-42
Comprises royalty statements from the Clarendon Press and letters about copyright, 16 Apr 1943

RD J/4/11 Credit note from Oxford University Press about Thomas Rhys Davids, Dialogues of the Buddha, part II
31 Mar 1913

RD J/4/12 A letter and papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, Psalms of the Early Buddhists, part II: Psalms of the Bretheren (1913)
undated, 1913
Comprises a letter, photographs, a postcard and proofs of plates

RD J/4/13 Papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, Elements of General Philosophy (1896)
1913-19
Comprises royalty statements from John Murray

RD J/4/14 Letters and papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, Buddhist Psychology (1914)
1915-35
Comprises letters and royalty statements from G. Bell and Sons Ltd and Luzac and Co

RD J/4/15 Letters and papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, Old Creeds and New Needs (1923) and The Will to Peace (1923)
1923-30
Comprises letters and royalty statements from T. Fisher Unwin Ltd
With draft agreements, undated and 26 Oct 1923

RD J/4/16 Papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, Dialogues of the Buddha (1899-1921)
1925-46
Comprises royalty statements from Oxford University Press

RD J/4/17 Letters and papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, The Milinda Questions (1930)
1929-39
Comprises letters and royalty statements from George Routledge and Sons Ltd
With an agreement, 14 Jun 1929

RD J/4/18 Papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, Gotama the Man (1928)
1930-1
Comprises royalty statements

RD J/4/19 Papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, Sakya or Buddhist Origins (1931)
1930-42
Comprises royalty statements from Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co Ltd
With an agreement, 13 Aug 1930

RD J/4/20 Letters and papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, A Manual of Buddhism (1932)
1931-40
Comprises letters and royalty statements from the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
With an agreement, 8 Sep 1932

RD J/4/21 Letters and papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, Indian Religion and Survival (1934)
1933-40
Comprises letters and royalty statements from George Allen and Unwin Ltd
With an agreement, 30 Oct 1933

RD J/4/22 Letters and papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, Outlines of Buddhism (1934)
1934-47
Comprises letters and royalty statements from Methuen and Co Ltd

RD J/4/23 Papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, What is your Will? (1936)
1937-40
Comprises royalty statements from Rider and Co

RD J/4/24 Papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, To Become or Not to Become (1937) and The Birth of Indian Psychology and its Development in Buddhism (1936)
1937-41
The Birth of Indian Psychology and its Development in Buddhism (1936) was a revised and enlarged edition of Buddhist Psychology (1914)
Comprises royalty statements from Luzac and Co

RD J/4/25 Papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, What was the Original Gospel in Buddhism? (1938)
1938-42
Comprises royalty statements from the Epworth Press
With an agreement, 29 Apr 1938

RD J/4/26 Letters about Caroline Rhys Davids, Wayfarer's Words (1940)
1940-2
Comprises letters from Luzac and Co

RD J/4/27 Letters about Caroline Rhys Davids, Kindred Sayings on Buddhism (1930)
1940-1
Comprises letters from Calcutta University

RD J/4/28 Papers about Caroline Rhys Davids, Poems of Cloister and Jungle (1941)
1941-6
Comprises royalty statements from John Murray

RD J/5 Letters of condolence and papers about the death of Arthur Rhys Davids
1917-41
1 bundle, ms and typescript
Includes correspondence about the portrait of Arthur by William Orpen, 1917-18, 1941, with 4 black and white photographs of the portrait; letters to Thomas Rhys Davids about Arthur's medals, 1918; a copy of the King's message to the Royal Air Force, 11 Nov 1918; letters from the War Office about Arthur's effects, 1918, with a list of items returned by the Germans, 1920; notes on James McCudden, Five Years in the Royal Flying Corps (1919), undated; a letter about the war memorial in Woodmansterne, Surrey, 1920; an order of service for the unveiling of the war memorial in Chipstead, Surrey, 1920; and a letter from the Imperial War Museum, London about the gift of the rudder from Werner Voss' aeroplane, 1920
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent

RD J/6 Personal and professional correspondence
undated, 1877-1942
23 bundles

RD J/6/1 Letters from Accini
undated, 1896-1923
28 items
Includes letters from Italy, Egypt and Zanzibar

RD J/6/2 Letters from Dines Andersen
undated, 1905-23
10 items
Written from Denmark

RD J/6/3 Letters from Benimadhab Barua
1916-23
16 items, ms and typescript
Includes letters from India

RD J/6/4 Letters from Mabel Haynes Bode
undated, 1894-1918
21 items

RD J/6/5 Correspondence with Joseph Estlin Carpenter
undated, 1914-27
21 items

RD J/6/6 Correspondence with Robert Chalmers
undated, 1893-1931
13 items
With notes and a photograph

RD J/6/7 Correspondence with Albert Joseph Edmunds
1900-34
11 items, ms, typescript and printed
Written from the United States
With 2 copies of a history of the Pali Text Society, 1926, and a message to the Buddhist Assembly at Benares, 1931

RD J/6/8 Letters from Charles Eliot
1908-31
23 items
Includes letters from Hong Kong and Japan

RD J/6/9 Letters from Wilhelm Geiger
1909-27
15 items
Written from Germany
German

RD J/6/10 Correspondence with Edmund Gooneratne
1880-94, 1913
40 items
With accounts and bills of lading
Written from Ceylon

RD J/6/11 Letters from George Gould
undated, 1895-1902
24 items, ms and typescript
Written from the United States

RD J/6/12 Letters from Edward Greenly
1910-28
24 items, ms and typescript

RD J/6/13 Letters from Ellen Higgins
1913-18
17 items

RD J/6/14 Letters from Bettina Kahnweiler
1895-1916
16 items
Includes letters from the United States, Germany and Greece

RD J/6/15 Letters from Charles Rockwell Lanman
1881-1924
36 items, ms and typescript
Written from the United States

RD J/6/16 Letters from Edmund James Mills
1913-16
10 items

RD J/6/17 Correspondence with C. M. Mulvaney
1913-15
13 items
Written from India

RD J/6/18 Letters from Hermann Oldenberg
undated, 1877-1909
56 items
Written from Germany
German

RD J/6/19 Correspondence with Isaline Philpot
undated [1894]-1900
26 items

RD J/6/20 Letters from William Henry Denham Rouse
1894-1942
13 items

RD J/6/21 Letters from Shwe Zan Aung
1910-22
58 items, ms and typescript
Written from Burma

RD J/6/22 Correspondence with Helmer Smith
1913-40
59 items
Written from Denmark, France and Sweden
English, French and German

RD J/6/23 Correspondence with William Stede
1914-41
30 items, ms and typescript

RD J/7 Family correspondence
undated, 1866-1917
3 bundles

RD J/7/1 Correspondence with Louisa Byles
undated, 1866-1903
54 items
Louisa Byles was Thomas Rhys Davids' sister. She was married to Alfred Holden Byles
Includes letters from Thomas Rhys Davids in Ceylon, 1867-70, some with illustrated letterheads

RD J/7/2 Correspondence with Lida
undated, 1866-1917
23 items
Possibly Thomas Rhys Davids' aunt
Includes letters from Thomas Rhys Davids in Ceylon

RD J/7/3 Correspondence with other family members
undated, 1866-1916
1 bundle

RD J/8 Christmas and greetings cards
undated, 1917
1 bundle, ms and printed, with coloured illustrations
English and German

RD J/9 Postcards
undated
1 bundle
Comprises postcards of Manchester; Oberammergau, Germany; Genoa and Padua, Italy; and Stockholm, Sweden

RD J/10 Bills and receipts
1866-1931
1 bundle, ms and printed
Includes many bills and receipts from Ceylon and an illustrated letterhead of Shepheards Hotel, Cairo, Egypt

RD J/11 Press cuttings
undated, 1877-1941
1 bundle, printed
English and German

RD J/12 Press cuttings about Arthur Rhys Davids, the Royal Flying Corps and the First World War
1914-18
1 bundle, printed

RD J/13 Programmes, invitations, advertisements and miscellaneous papers
undated, 1876-1916
1 bundle, printed, with coloured illustrations

RD J/14 Golf score cards
undated, 1900-7
1 bundle, ms and printed, with coloured illustrations

RD J/15 Cartes de visite and business cards
undated
1 bundle, ms and printed

RD J/16 Poems
undated
1 bundle, ms and typescript
English, French and Italian

RD J/17 Photograph albums
undated, 1885-1905
4 vols

RD J/17/1 Photograph album of family and friends
undated, 1885-1904
Includes photographs of Wilhelm Geiger; Bettina Kahnweiler; Arthur Rhys Davids; Caroline Rhys Davids; Thomas Rhys Davids; and Vivien Rhys Davids

RD J/17/2 Photograph album of family and friends
undated, 1892-1901
Includes photographs of Robert Chalmers; George Gould; Bettina Kahnweiler; Karl Pearson; and Isaline Philpot

RD J/17/3 Photograph album of family and friends
undated, 1895-1900
Includes photographs of Louisa Byles; Charles Windham Foley; Mary Cecilia Foley; Isaline Philpot; and Vivien Rhys Davids

RD J/17/4 Photograph album of the Rhys Davids children
1902-5
Compiled for Mary Cecilia Foley
Includes photographs of Arthur Rhys Davids; Nesta Rhys Davids; and Vivien Rhys Davids

RD J/18 Dried edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)
undated
1 bunch of dried flowers in an envelope
May have been collected by Caroline Rhys Davids on one of her mountaineering trips in the Alps

RD J/19 Lock of Vivien Rhys Davids' hair
undated
1 lock of hair in an envelope
A note on the envelope reads 'Brynhilda shorn 1st time Sheringham Sept 1901'

RD J/20 Lace mat
undated
1 square of lace made from silk thread

RD J/21 Robert Chalmers
General letters
undated, 1891-1937
1 bundle, ms and typescript
Includes letters from Joseph Estlin Carpenter (2) and Viggo Fausbøll (4)
English and Thai

RD J/22 Suzanne Karpeles
Copy lecture on Buddhist studies in Laos and Cambodia
1931
7 sheets, typescript
Given at the International Congress of Orientalists, Leiden, 10 Sep 1931
French

RD J/23 Makoto Nagai
Copy lecture on the publication of Buddhist texts in Japan
undated
4 sheets, typescript

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RD V Vivien Brynhilda Caroline Foley Rhys Davids (1895-1978)

Vivien Rhys Davids was born in Honor Oak, 19 July 1895. She was educated at Manor Mount Girls' School, Forest Hill; Wynthrop College, Ashton upon Mersey, 1905-12; Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls, 1912-15; and St Hugh's College, Oxford, BA, 1918. She lived in Chipstead, Surrey, 1915-78. She was a councillor of Surrey County Council and chairman of Banstead District Council, 1948-9 and 1960-1. She was active in the Girl Guides' Association and her interests included archaeology, ornithology and music. She lived with her companion, Doris Bland. She was awarded the MBE, 1973. She died in Chipstead, Surrey, 1978.

Correspondence and papers, 1896-1974

The collection mainly comprises correspondence and photographs.

1.5 boxes

RD V/1 General correspondence
undated, 1902-73
1 bundle, ms, typescript and printed
Includes papers about Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls, 1915-16, 1947; and letters and press cuttings about the Girl Guides' Association, 1922, 1945-6; Banstead District Council, 1961; and the award of an MBE, 1973
With 4 photographs, undated, 1937, 1969
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent

RD V/2 Invitations to children's parties
undated
1 bundle, ms and printed, with coloured illustrations

RD V/3 Letters and papers about school
1900-47
1 bundle, ms and printed
Vivien was a pupil at Manor Mount Girls' School, Forest Hill; Wynthrop College, Ashton upon Mersey, 1905-12; Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls, 1912-15
Includes reports, 1901, 1905-15; a programme for an entertainment, 1900; a prospectus for Manor Mount Girls' School, undated; letters, 1905-9; examination certificates, 1908-13; a prize certificate, 1915; an order of service, menu and draft speech for the Old Girls' Jubilee Dinner at Monmouth, 1947; and a copy of A Brief Outline of the Growth and Development of Monmouth High School now Monmouth School for Girls (1947)

RD V/4 Letters and papers about St Hugh's College, Oxford
1915-19
1 bundle, ms and printed

RD V/5 Letters of condolence on the death of Arthur Rhys Davids
undated, 1917-18
1 bundle, ms and typescript
With a letter from the British Red Cross Society about prisoners of war, 10 Jan 1918

RD V/6 Correspondence and papers about the estate of Mary Cecilia Foley
1925-7
1 bundle, typescript
Mainly comprises letters from Walker, Martineau and Co, London
Also includes a copy will, instructions for probate and the executors' statement of accounts

RD V/7 Correspondence and papers about the estate of Charles Windham Foley
1933-4
1 bundle, ms and typescript
Mainly comprises letters from Morgan, Price, Marley and Rugg, London

RD V/8 Letters of condolence on the death of Nesta Rhys Davids
1973
1 bundle, ms, typescript and printed
With 3 obituaries

RD V/9 Letters from Arthur Rhys Davids
1909-17
30 items

RD V/10 Letters from Caroline Rhys Davids
undated, 1896-1919
39 items

RD V/11 Letters from Nesta Rhys Davids
undated, 1918-22, 1973
77 items

RD V/12 Play
undated
1 vol
Titled 'The Two Wishes and What Became of Them'
With a cast list, undated

RD V/13 Certificates
1903-68
1 bundle and 1 roll, ms and printed, with illustrations
Includes certificates awarded by the Royal Drawing Society, 1903-11; the Royal Life Saving Society, 1910-11; the British Red Cross Society, 1914-15; the Girl Guides' Association, 1920-1; and Colchester Museum, in recognition of a gift, 1968

RD V/14 Obituaries and biographical articles about Thomas Rhys Davids and Caroline Rhys Davids
undated, 1922-3, 1962, 1974
1 bundle, printed

RD V/15 Photograph album of Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls
undated
1 vol

RD V/16 Doris Bland
Notebook
undated
1 vol
Contains poems and a child's drawings

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RD A Arthur Percival Foley Rhys Davids (1897-1917), Pilot

Arthur Rhys Davids was born in Forest Hill, 26 September 1897. He was educated at Sale, Brooklands and Ashton upon Mersey High School for Boys, 1906-7; Wadham House, Hale, 1909; Summer Fields, Oxford, 1909-10; and Eton, 1911-16; and won an exhibition to Balliol College, Oxford. He joined the Royal Flying Corps, 1916, and after training as a pilot was posted to 56 Squadron in France, 1917. He shot down 25 enemy pilots, including the German ace Werner Voss, and was awarded the MC with bar and the DSO, 1917. He went missing in action, 27 October 1917.

Correspondence and papers, 1906-19

The collection mainly comprises correspondence.

2 boxes

The envelopes from letters to Arthur Rhys Davids have been preserved in a separate box

RD A/1 Notecase
undated
1 leather wallet
Contains miscellaneous notes, a mess bill, a railway ticket, a press cutting and loose photographs
Possibly the notecase returned to Arthur's family after his death

RD A/2 General correspondence
undated, 1912-17
1 bundle
Mainly comprises correspondence with schoolfriends
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent

RD A/3 Correspondence and papers about school
undated, 1906-19
6 bundles, ms, typescript and printed
Arthur was a pupil at Sale, Brooklands and Ashton upon Mersey High School for Boys, 1906-7; Wadham House, Hale, 1909; Summer Fields, Oxford, 1909-10; and Eton College, 1911-16

RD A/3/1 Letters from tutors
undated, 1910-18
Comprises letters from Wadham House, undated (1); Summer Fields, undated, 1910 (4); and Eton, undated, 1911-18 (23)

RD A/3/2 School reports
1906-16

RD A/3/3 Examination papers, scripts and revision notes
undated, 1912-16

RD A/3/4 Receipts and bills
1909-16

RD A/3/5 Eton sports colours
1914-16
Comprises printed team lists edged with silk ribbon
With a sash and a copy of the rules of the Debating Society, 1908

RD A/3/6 Miscellaneous correspondence and papers
undated, 1911-19
Mainly comprises papers about Eton
Includes a form of admission, 1911; a copy of the regulations, 1911; concert and speech programmes, 1913, 1915, 1916; a brochure about the Universities' Camps for Public Schools, 1914; an application form for the Old Etonian Association, 1916; a copy of the Eton College Chronicle, 1916; press cuttings, undated, 1916; a copy of the annual report of the Eton War Memorial Fund, 1917; and a copy of the roll of honour, 1919
Also with an invitation to the prize giving at Sale, Brooklands and Ashton upon Mersey High School for Boys

RD A/4 Correspondence and papers about treatment of Arthur Rhys Davids' speech impediment
1913-18
1 bundle, ms and printed
Includes a copy of Cortlandt MacMahon, Stammering. A Method of Curative Treatment Thereof Based on Practical Experience (1911)

RD A/5 Letters from Balliol College, Oxford
1915-18
1 bundle, ms, typescript and printed
Includes a copy of The Club at War. War Edition of the Balliol Club Magazine, no.6, (Nov 1917)

RD A/6 Letters and papers about the Royal Flying Corps
undated, 1916-17
1 bundle, ms, typescript and printed
Includes a letter of appointment, 16 Aug 1916; a telegram about the award of the MC, 5 Jun 1917; a receipt for photographs, 1 Oct 1917; a copy of the statutes of the DSO, undated; and a poem

RD A/7 Letters from May Foley
undated, 1914-16
13 items

RD A/8 Letters from Caroline Rhys Davids
undated, 1911-17
136 items
With press cuttings

RD A/9 Letters from Nesta Rhys Davids
1911-16
51 items

RD A/10 Letters from Vivien Rhys Davids
1911-17
48 items

RD A/11 Drawing of a train
1908
1 item

RD A/12 Placemats
undated
1 item
Placemats made from coloured paper woven into patterns

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RD N Nesta Enid Rhys Davids (1900-73)

Nesta Rhys Davids was born on 3 July 1900. She was educated at Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls. She lived in Amberley, Sussex, 1930-73. She was an active member of the parish council and the Women's Institute. She lived with her companion, Fay Asher. She died in Shoreham by Sea, Sussex, 1973.

Correspondence and papers, 1900-23

The collection mainly comprises correspondence

1 box

RD N/1 General letters
undated, 1900-18
1 bundle, ms and printed

RD N/2 Letters from Doris Bland
undated, 1917
15 items

RD N/3 Letters from Dors
1916-17
22 items

RD N/4 Letters from May Foley
undated, 1916
17 items

RD N/5 Letters from Arthur Rhys Davids
undated, 1909-17
82 items, ms, typescript and printed
With an incomplete copy of the story of Professor Tosh, titled 'The Wonderful Professor', undated

RD N/6 Letters from Caroline Rhys Davids
undated, 1912-23
78 items

RD N/7 Letters from Vivien Rhys Davids
1912-18
52 items

RD N/8 School report
1915
1 item, ms and printed
From Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls

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RD D Thomas William Davids (1816-84), Congregationalist minister

Thomas Davids was born in Swansea, 11 September 1816. He was educated at local schools and then apprenticed to a chemist. In 1831, after the death of his parents, he was adopted by a wealthy uncle, Thomas Thomas, and worked as a medical assistant. He returned to education at Homerton College, London. He was pastor of Lion Walk Congregational Church, Colchester, Essex, 1841-74. He married Louisa Winter, who died in 1853, and Mary Spelman, 1859. He retired to Upton, Essex, and concentrated on his research in ecclesiastical history. He died in Upton, 11 Apr 1884.

Correspondence and papers, 1829-84

The collection mainly comprises a memoir, notes, correspondence and receipts.

1.5 boxes

RD D/1 Memoir of his early life, 1816-ca. 1831
undated
1 bundle
Includes notes on his family history and non-conformist education in Swansea, Glamorgan, and at Homerton College, London
With a copy

RD D/2 Correspondence and papers collected for a memoir
undated
4 bundles, ms and printed, parchment and paper

RD D/2/1 Memoir, Chapter I, Ancestry
Comprises letters, genealogical notes and family trees

RD D/2/2 Memoir, Chapter II, Parentage
Comprises letters, a copy marriage certificate, poems, a draft will, papers about Providence Chapel, Gower, Glamorgan, sermons, and student essays on religious themes

RD D/2/3 Memoir, Chapter III, Boyhood
Comprises an apprenticeship indenture, 24 Dec 1829

RD D/2/4 Memoir, Chapter IV, Early Youth
Comprises admission papers for Homerton College, London, sermons, student notes and a poem
English and Welsh

RD D/3 Notes on History and Theology
undated
1 bundle
English and Shorthand

RD D/4 General correspondence
undated, 1862-71
1 bundle, ms and printed

RD D/5 Correspondence about Lion Walk Congregational Church, Colchester, Essex
undated, 1840-4, 1874
1 bundle, ms and printed
Includes copy minutes, 3 Apr and 16 Aug 1840, a petition for repeal of the Corn Laws, 8 Dec 1841, and a poster about celebrations in Colchester of the christening of the Prince of Wales, 20 Jan 1842
Arranged chronologically

RD D/6 Correspondence about the death of his wife, Louisa
undated, 1853-4
1 bundle
With 2 letters to Louisa from her Sunday school pupils and teachers, undated
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent

RD D/7 Out-letter book
1857-60
1 vol
Written from Colchester, Essex
Indexed

RD D/8 Letters from Thomas Rhys Davids
undated, 1854-73
1 bundle
Includes letters to the Davids family written from Ceylon, 1866-8, some with engraved letterheads of Ceylonese scenes
With a lock of hair
English and German

RD D/9 Copies of an address by dissenting ministers to the King, with a reply
11 Jul 1832
1 bundle
The address was presented by Robert Winter and 18 other ministers

RD D/10 Copy of an address given at the 72nd annual meeting of the Essex Congregational Union and Home Missionary Society
3 May 1870
1 pamphlet, printed
The address was given by Thomas William Davids at the meeting at Maldon, Essex

RD D/11 Papers about the Esdaile family
undated
1 bundle
With a letter, undated

RD D/12 Receipts
1866-8
1 bundle, ms and printed
Arranged chronologically

RD D/13 Press cuttings
1859-84
4 items, printed
Includes an obituary from The Nonconformist and Independent, 24 Apr 1884

RD D/14 Mary Davids
Copy birth certificate
25 Feb 1814
1 item, parchment
Registered at Dr Williams's Library, London, 27 Mar 1816

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RD F Charles Windham Foley (1856-1933), Solicitor

Charles Windham Foley was born in Wadhurst, Sussex, 26 August 1856. He was educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge, BA, 1880. He worked for Morgan and Co, Calcutta, India, solicitors, 1892-1919. He died in London, 1933.

Correspondence and papers, 1873-1933

The collection mainly comprises a diary, correspondence and a sketchbook.

2 volumes and 1 bundle

RD F/1 Diary
1873
1 vol
Written at Eton College

RD F/2 General correspondence and papers
undated, 1889-1933
1 bundle
Includes letters about the estate of John Windham Foley of Bangalore, India, 1926; letters from Charles Foley's former firm of Morgan and Co, Calcutta, India, solicitors, 1927-33; and nurses' reports on Charles Foley, 1933
John Windham Foley was the brother of Charles Windham Foley, Mary Cecilia Foley and Caroline Rhys Davids. He was a clergyman, missionary and teacher in India, chiefly in Madras, Mysore and Bangalore
Arranged chronologically

RD F/3 Sketchbook
undated
1 vol
With notes on Greek and Economics
Also with 2 loose watercolour sketches, 1875

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RD M Mary Cecilia Foley (1859-1925)

Mary Cecilia Foley was born in Wadhurst, Sussex, 8 October 1859. She was educated at University College, London, BSc, 1891. She was the Chief Lady Invigilator at London University, 1901-25. She died in London, 22 October 1925.

Correspondence and papers, 1872-1920

The collection mainly comprises a notebook, correspondence and a sketchbook.

2 volumes and 3 bundles

RD M/1 School notebook
1872-4
1 vol
Comprises essays on French, Music, English Literature and Theology
With loose notes and press cuttings

RD M/2 General correspondence
undated, 1876-1920
1 bundle, ms and typescript
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent

RD M/3 Letters from Arthur Rhys Davids
undated, 1912-17
10 items

RD M/4 List of characters in a charade
8 Feb 1877
1 item

RD M/5 Sketchbook
1881-2
1 vol
Comprises watercolours and pencil sketches of landscapes

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RD W John Foley (1805-88), Vicar of Wadhurst

John Foley was born in Belbroughton, Worcestershire, 19 November 1805. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, BA, 1825, MA, 1830. He was a fellow of Wadham College, 1826-46. He was ordained deacon, 1829, and priest, 1830. He was curate of Pershore, Worcestershire, 1846, and vicar of Wadhurst, Sussex, 1847-88. He married Caroline Elizabeth Windham, 1846. He died in 1888.

Correspondence and papers, 1829-79

The collection mainly comprises a Liber Niger of Oxford University, correspondence and certificates.

6 bundles

RD W/1 Part of the Liber Niger of Oxford University
undated [1841-2]
1 bundle
John Foley was senior proctor of the University, 1841-2. The Liber Niger (or Black Book) is a brief record of offences committed by undergraduates and fines imposed
Arranged chronologically, 27 Apr-13 Mar

RD W/2 General correspondence
1830-79
1 bundle, ms and printed
With a letter and sketch showing the division of Worcestershire into polling districts, 29 Feb 1836, and a Valentine's Day token, undated
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent

RD W/3 Letters from Caroline Elizabeth Foley
undated, 1846
14 items

RD W/4 Papers about his career
1829-46
1 bundle, parchment and paper, with paper seals
Includes certificates of ordination as deacon and priest and papers about his institution to the parish of Wadhurst, Sussex

RD W/5 Marriage licence
8 Aug 1846
1 item
Granted by the Vicar General of the Diocese of Worcester

RD W/6 Release
20 March 1865
1 item
Relates to the will of Edward John Smith. John Foley was a beneficiary
Also with extracts from the wills of members of the Hickman family

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RD E Caroline Elizabeth Foley(1815-98)

Caroline Elizabeth Windham was born on 1 April 1815. She married John Foley, 1846. She died in Wadhurst, Sussex, 13 February 1898.

Correspondence and papers, 1827-98

The collection mainly comprises notebooks, correspondence and sketchbooks.

7 volumes and 3 bundles

RD E/1 Notebooks
1827-97
3 vols

RD E/1/1
1827
Includes copy essays, poems, Latin exercises and a diagram of the hand for piano practice, 1831
English and Latin

RD E/1/2
1830-2, 1857-87
Includes copy essays, sermons, poems, and prayers, extracts from Windham family manuscripts, press cuttings, sewing and knitting patterns, a recipe for buttered eggs, a remedy for diarrhoea, and an engraved portrait
Indexed
English and French

RD E/1/3
1837, 1847-97
1 vol, in a cloth sleeve
Includes copy essays, poems, letters, notes on family history, knitting patterns, a card trick, press cuttings, a drawing, a musical composition, a lock of hair, stencils and 2 watercolour portraits
With a remedy for inflammation of the bowels by John Foley, 1815

RD E/2 General correspondence
undated, 1854-97
1 bundle

RD E/3 Marriage trust deed
11 Aug 1846
1 item
The trust was created for Caroline Foley by the Earl of Listowel

RD E/4 Order of service for the funeral of Caroline Foley
13 Feb 1898
1 pamphlet, printed

RD E/5 Sketchbooks
1839-44
4 vols

RD E/5/1
1839-41
Pencil and pen and ink sketches
Comprises views in and around Malvern, Worcestershire and in Germany
With a patchwork pattern

RD E/5/2
1843
Pencil and watercolour sketches
Comprises portraits, and views of Elmley, Worcestershire; Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk; and other unidentified views

RD E/5/3
1844
Pencil sketches
Comprises portraits, and views of Elmley, Worcestershire

RD E/5/4
1844
Pencil, watercolour, and pen and ink sketches
Comprises Classical and Historical scenes, portraits, and views of Antwerp, Belgium
With pressed flowers

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RD B Mary Christina Windham (d. ?1888)

RD B/1 Notebook
1827-33
1 vol
Comprises copy letters, diary extracts and sermons, mainly on religious themes, 1784-1833
With a pressed leaf

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RD H John Foley (1775-1847), Rector of Holt

John Foley was born in Mordiford, Herefordshire, 15 January 1775. He was educated at Stourbridge Free Grammar School, 1783-6; Kingswinford School, Staffordshire, 1786-90; the College School, Hereford, 1790-2; and Wadham College, Oxford, BA, 1795, MA, 1801. He was a fellow of Wadham College, 1796-1805, and was ordained deacon, 1797, and priest, 1799. He was curate of Wibbenhall, Worcestershire, 1803-12, and Astley, Worcestershire, 1809-12. He married Martha Hickman Hayley, 1806. He was rector of Holt, Worcestershire, 1812-47. He died, 11 August 1847.

RD H/1 Account book
1797-1847
1 vol
With autobiographical notes, 1775-1823, and a probate account, 1849

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RD R Robert Foley, (1736-97), Vicar of Mordiford

Robert Foley was born on 22 October 1736. He married Ann Walwyn, 25 June 1767. He was vicar of Mordiford, Herefordshire. He died in Bath, 18 June 1797.

RD R/1 Correspondence and papers about family history
undated, 1779, 1792
1 bundle
Compiled to prove the eligibility of John Foleyfor a place as founder's kin at Wadham College, Oxford
Contains details of the Foley, Walwyn and Floyer families
Comprises correspondence, pedigrees and copies of arms and monumental inscriptions

RD R/2 Copy of a hymn and part of an address
undated [1797]
1 item
Sung in the church at Old Swinford, Worcestershire, on the death of Robert Foley

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