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TEMPLE, William (1881-1944)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0370 WT
Held at: Queen Mary, University of London
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Full title: TEMPLE, William (1881-1944)
Date(s): [1901]-1936
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 21 letters
Name of creator(s): Temple | William | 1881-1944 | Archbishop of Canterbury
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, Exeter, 1881, son of Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury; educated, Rugby, Balliol College, Oxford; fellow and Lecturer in Philosophy, Queen's College Oxford, 1904-1910; President Oxford Union, 1904; travelled in Europe and studied at the Universities of Jena and Berlin, 1905-1906; 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; Editor of The Challenge, 1915-1918; Chairman of Westfield College, 1916-1921; Canon of Westminster, 1919-1921; Bishop of Manchester, 1921-1929; Archbishop of York, 1929-1942; President of the Workers Educational Association, 1908-1924; editor of The Pilgrim, 1920-1927; Archbishop of Canterbury, 1942-1944; 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).

John Leofric Stocks (1882-1937), was a friend of William Temple at Rugby and later while at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Stocks was a fellow and tutor of St John's College from 1906 to 1924. He became Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manchester in 1924, stood as an unsuccessful Labour candidate in 1935, and was elected Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool in 1936.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letters 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.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

The Archives are available for access in the Archives Reading Room located on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library. The Archives Reading Room is open Mondays to Fridays 9am-4pm by appointment only. Contact the Archives for more information: Archives, Main Library QMUL, 328 Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone: 020 7882 3873, email: For more information about the Archives see the website:

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist. Applications for copies for research or publication should be made to the Archivist: Main Library QMUL, 328 Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone: 020 7882 7873, email:

Finding aids:

A draft list is available at the Library.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to Westfield College by Mary Danvers Stock, Principal of the College, 1939-1951 and widow of John Leofric Stocks.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Correspondence and papers, 1888-1945, (reference: Temple MSS), recollections of Temple by his wife Frances (reference: MS 3209), correspondence with Arthur Headlam, 1934-1944 (reference: MSS 2615-45 passim), correspondence with Edwin Palmer, 1902-1944 (reference: MSS 2980-3010 passim), letters to HRL Sheppard, c1907-1937, letters to Mervyn Stockwood, 1941-1944, held by Lambeth Palace Library; correspondence and papers as Archbishop of York, 1918-1939, held by the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research (reference: Bp.C&P.XIII); notes for addresses, 1942, held by Canterbury Cathedral Archives; notes and lectures on Plato's Republic and psychology, c1906, held by Queens College Oxford Library (reference: Vol V, MS 532-34); correspondence with Lord Cecil, 1921-1943 (reference: Add MS 51154), correspondence with Macmillans, 1905-1942 (reference: Add MSS 55100-01), letters to Albert Mansbridge, 1914-1942, (reference: Add MSS 65254, 65255B) held by British Library, Manuscript Collections; letters to TH Floyd, 1923-1935, held by Lancashire Record Office (reference: DDFl); correspondence with JL Myers, 1906-1907 (reference: MSS Myers), correspondence with Lord and Lady Selborne, 1916-1942 (reference: MSS Selborne add; Eng hist a 23-24, b 231-36, c 975-1031, d 442-80, e 338, f 27-29, g 25-27; lett c), letters to Sir Alfred Zimmern, 1905-1943, (reference: MSS Zimmern) held by Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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Publication note:

William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury: His Life and Letters F A Iremonger (Oxford University Press, 1948).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996, CD-ROM (A & C Black); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public on-line catalogue. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
May 2001

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