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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/461
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: HENLEY, JOHN
Date(s): 1728-1755
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 7 production units.
Name of creator(s): Henley | John


Administrative/Biographical history:

It is possible that John Henley is "Orator Henley" (1692-1756) a dissenting minister who moved to London in 1720, initially taking up preaching posts and undertaking writing work. In 1725 he resigned all his posts and founded his own chapel, The Oratory, where he gave religious sermons and political or academic lectures. His subjects became increasingly bizarre and were often met with criticism in the press and riot and uproar in the chapel. He only stopped lecturing when he became ill in 1755.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of John Henley comprising notes of lectures delivered in London on historical, political and religious subjects.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section, which merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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