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Sunday, July 04, 2004

University of Birmingham - archives and manuscripts collection

The University of Birmingham - archives and manuscripts collection catalogue is online. This includes collection held on three sites across three campuses - Special Collections Department, Main Library, Edgbaston Campus, Orchard Learning Resources Centre, Selly Oak Campus and Shakespeare Institute Library, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

I looked for any Roche in the search page; there were 14 records - all of them in the same repository - University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department, Main Library, Edgbaston Campus.

Rev. Benedict La Roche

1. Correspondence and journals: 2 March 1818 - 4 April 1820
FindingNo: CMS/B/OMS/C I1 E2
Extent: 1 file
Description: Includes: Letters from Josiah Pratt and Edward Bickersteth; from missionaries J. Adlington, W. Deerr, W. Greenwood, J. A. Jetter, B. la Roche, T. Morris, J. Perowne, D. Schmid and F. C. G. Schroeter; minutes of Calcutta Corresponding Committee and letters from T. Thomason (mission secretary), D. Corrie, H. Fisher and D. Wilson; letters from Capt. J. P. Griffith, Lieut. Stewart, C. Coleman, J. Cumming, T. Jones, J. Traill and J. Narian Ghopaul; journals of W. Bowley

2. Letter from Rev. Benedict La Roche to Pratt: 31 January 1819: Portsmouth
FindingNo: CMS/B/OMS/C I1 E2/43
Extent: 1 doc.
Description: Asks for Hindustani and Sanskrit grammars and dictionaries for the nine missionaries on board, also for Russian leather and bookbinding materials for the printing shops at Benares and Garden Reach; all are well on board, except that Miss Perowne suffers from headache, and the passengers show interest in the missionary cause

3. Letter from Secretary to Thomason: 16 April 1819: London
FindingNo: CMS/B/OMS/C I1 E2/62
Extent: 1 doc.
Description: Includes: Hopes to send two printers and a second printing-press of improved type, also materials in Oct; is sending two Lutheran missionaries from the Basel seminary to help in education - Rev. John Andrew Jetter and Rev. William Deerr; they are under the direction of the Calcutta Committee; hopes Rev. Benedict La Roche now studying oriental languages in Paris will come to Calcutta in the autumn [copy]

4. Letter from Secretary to Corrie: 29 September 1819: London
FindingNo: CMS/B/OMS/C I1 E2/79
Extent: 1 doc.
Description: Is thankful for the bishop's plan to use the £5000 voted him by SPG in founding a mission college at Calcutta; SPCK thereupon voted him £5000 and CMS a further £5000 to be given through the Calcutta Corresponding Committee; Registers and Reports will be sent to C. as a friendly token and the London Committee would like to help in replacing his lost books; Committee is cheered by the good report of Greenwood and would like news of Abdul; Rev. Benedict La Roche, a well-educated young Lutheran who has studied Arabic and Persian and is now beginning Sanskrit and Bengali under Lee at Cambridge, will be coming to India with Rev. John Perowne, an Anglican, formerly a printer and also of good education, and a young man, Brown, who has long worked for the CMS printer Watts; hopes to send the party by Christmas, with the types and presses; loss of the 'Paragon' entails the loss of many CMS publications en route for Calcutta; as many as possible will be replaced; the idols sent by the 'Ganges' have arrived, after some delay in getting them exempt from customs dues; "we got them to this House yeaterday, and have ranged them in the yard, as we are afraid of our floors if we give them an inside lodging. They were reckoned in point of freight at six tons, but we find them less than two" [copy]

5. Letter from Secretaries to Thomason: 21 January 1820: London
FindingNo: CMS/B/OMS/C I1 E2/86
Extent: 1 doc.
Description: Acknowledges letters; reports of mission are very pleasing; anxious lest exclusion of teaching of scripture in early education at Burdwan schools should prejudice its inclusion later, but trust to Committee's wisdom and local knowledge; Schmid's interest in his work on the tract on ecclesiastical history must be checked, the Committee do not agree to his being attached to the Female Orphan Asylum; he must spend more time in direct missionary work; Mr. La Roche, Mr. Perowne and Mr. Brown, the printer, are being sent by the Committee for work at Benares; La Roche, although intellectually very capable, is still in need of spiritual instruction; Perowne was trained as a printer and he and his wife have made good progress in their training at Norwich; Mr. Brown has been working under the CMS printer, Mr. Watts; although trained as a pressman he is now acquainted with all aspects of the work and should be capable of directing a printing-works; more printing materials are being sent; for the press at Calcutta local help may possibly be obtained; Thomas Morris has spent three years as curate of Bedminster, near Bristol; Abadullah, who left India as a sailor, has arrived in England, but will have to return; in view of the growth of mission work it would be too costly to equip every mission station with a library; there should be a good library at Calcutta for the use of the mission generally and this should contain all standard works of missionary interest; the local stations should be supplied with a collection of books used frequently by the missionaries; in addition each missionary should have an individual set of such books as 'Scott's Bible', lexicons etc.; lists of books needed should be sent to London each Michaelmas; points out that copyists are sometimes inaccurate owing to lack of knowledge of English, which makes the despatches difficult to decipher [copy]

6. Corrie, Rev. Daniel
Date: 1815-1834
FindingNo: CMS/B/OMS/C I1 O76
Extent: 207 docs.
Secretary of Corresponding Committee 1820-1834: Calcutta 1815-1834 /1-133 Letters 1820-1834 including: /2 Relates to Bishop's College [Calcutta] 1820; /5 Reference to Rev. Robertson bringing to England painting of Abdul Masih 1820; /6 Includes reference to Abdul Masih 1820; /7 Relates to Mr. Deerr and Mr. La Roche and difficulties with German missionaries 1820; /12 Includes list of books printed at CM Press 1820; /15 Relates to Mr. La Roche 1821; /17 Includes reference to Mr. Adlington 1821; /30A-B Relate to death of bishop of Calcutta including [/30B] detailed assessment of character etc. 1822; /34 Includes reference to Mr. Peters, formerly a Baptist missionary 1822; /40-43 Relate to Rev. W. H. Mill and Rev. J. Hawtayne's attack on Calcutta Corresponding Committee, with correspondence 1823; /46-47 Relate to merger of Calcutta Corresponding Committee into CMS Auxiliary Society, and relating to property 1823; /49 Relates to mission church Calcutta 1823; /60 Includes reference to Abdul Masih and Mr. Bowley's episcopal ordination 1825; /64 [Beginning missing]; /65-66 Includes copy of letter from J. W. Doran relating to death of Bishop Heber 1826; /70 Relates to Syrian Christians 1826; /73 Relates to Bishop's College, with note by F. Goode 1826; /80 Relates to grants to Bishop's College 1827; /88, 100, 102 Relate to Wilson, Reichardt and Steward 1827-1828; /130 Has note relating to finance by C. J. D. Murray 1833; /134 Brief report of visit to Delhi, Meerut, Chunar, Benares and Buxar 1825; /135-137 Reports of visits to Burdwan 1827-1828; /138 Letter to W. Bannister, Secretary of Madras Corresponding Committee 1827; /139 Letter to bishop of Calcutta 1824; /140-144 Letters to G. W. Crauford, Secretary of Corresponding Committee 1824; /145 Letter to R. Hamilton 1827 /146 Letter to E. A. Newton relating to finance 1824; /147 Letter to T. Thomason relating to bishop's wishes concerning Bhagalpur 1824 /148A Letter from Rev. H. S. Fisher, including reference to Anand Masih [incomplete: end only] 1827; /148B Letter from A. Hampton applying for employment by CMS, with note by Rev. G. W. Crauford of Allahabad 1828; /149 Letter from Rev. John Irving, chaplain at Agra 1824; /150 Letter from Rev. William Parish of Kurnaul 1828; /151 Letter from Colonel W. S. Whish of Kurnaul 1827; /152-200 Papers as Secretary of Corresponding Commmittee, comprising correspondence, circulars, copies and drafts of committee papers including: /152 Copies of correspondence relating to Rev. William Greenwood 1815-1828; /153 Correspondence with Rev. D. Schmid 1820; /154-155 Relate to Rev. C. G. Schroeter's Tibetan papers (dictionary, grammar, treatises etc.) 1820; /156 Extract of letter from Henry Money relating to visit to Chunar 1820; /158 Correspondence with Lutheran missionaries relating to their use of the Anglican formularies 1821; /160, 172 Relate to Benares school 1821, 1826; /161-162, 171, 191 Account of work by Rev. William Deerr 1821-1822, 1826, 1828; /163, 167 Relate to Rev. Isaac Wilson 1822, 1824; /164 Extract from proceedings 5 Apr 1823 relating to Mr. Wilson and Miss Cooke; /168 Relates to Nilgherry Hills project 1824; /173 Including ground plan of proposed church, house and school at Buxar 1826; /183 Copies of correspondence with Rev. J. Steward of Calcutta 1827; /184-188 Correspondence and proceedings relating to Wilson, Reichardt and Steward 1828 [/184 is duplicate of /186]; /195 Relates to John Moore 1829; /196-197 Report by Rev. M. Wilkinson (Gorakhpur) 1829; /201 Petition to Corrie from parents and friends of boys relating to proposed plan for establishment of school for sons of missionaries: dated Calcutta: [51 signatures] 1826; /202 Memorandum on native female education [printed] 1822; /203 Native female education: proposal for a central school [printed] 1823; /204 Extract of letter from Mrs. Corrie relating to visit to Benares, Chunar and Mirzapore [few details] 1824; /205 Report of examination of Burdwan schools by Corrie and Major Phipps 1822; /206 Account of hill people of Bhagalpur [including customs] 1824; /207 Report by Corrie [draft: ?report to Corresponding Committee] 1826

7. La Roche, Rev Benedict
Date: 1821
FindingNo: CMS/B/OMS/C I1 O172
Extent: 1 doc.
Description: /1 Letter from Dr. A. F. Ramsay from Gravesend, reporting death of Benedict La Roche 1821

8. Schroeter, Rev. Frederic Christian Gotthelf
Date: 1820-1821
FindingNo: CMS/B/OMS/C I1 O257
Extent: 3 docs.
Description: Titalya, Bengal /1-2 Letters relating to work on compilation of Tibetan dictionary 1820; /1 includes reference to need for medical knowledge among German missionaries in Sierra Leone 1820; /3 Letter from Lord Hastings to Lord Gambier, CMS President, relating to Schroeter's death and appointment of Mr. La Roche to continue his work 1821

9. Ridsdale, Rev. James
Date: 1820-1830
FindingNo: CMS/B/OMS/C I2 O201
Extent: 17 docs.
Description: Madras 1820-1830 /1-10 Letters 1820-23, 1826-28 including: /1 Relating to voyage: signed by Ridsdale, Benedict la Roche, Thomas Morris and John Perowne 1820; /3A-B Order for books and stores [with duplicate] 1821; /5 Acknowledges arrival of printing-press 1823; /8 Includes list of books needed 1827; /10A-B Relating to Alexander McDonald, superintendent of schools in Madras CMS mission with medical certificate 1828; /11A-B Letter 1821 to mission treasurer with notice relating to English service at Black Town new church (sample of Madras Church Mission Press) 1820; /12-14 Journals and extracts: Oct 1820 - Apr 1823 with pencilled comments (?by mission secretary/HQ staff); 7 Feb 1821: importance of missionaries having some medical knowledge and training; 8 Jun 1821: procession with goddess of cholera; /15 Report of establishment and progress of English and Tamil Female Schools (Madras) [1827]; /16-17 Summary of stations, teachers, congregations, seminarists, schools, scholars: Madras Black Town, Perambore, Poonamallee, Tripasoor, Mavaloor Coopush, Chengelput 1830


1. Hobbs, Rev. Stephen
Date: 1856-1877
FindingNo: CMS/B/OMS/C MA O 13/1-251
Extent: 251 docs.
Description: Mauritius: Creve Coeur 1856-1877: mission secretary [see also O 4] /1-219 Letters including reference to finance matters; also relating to SPG [S. H. was great friend of Mr. Chiswell, SPG missionary] 1856-1877
/248 Notes on places visited including planters' estates at Beau Bassin, Mont Roche, Roche Brune, Plaisance, Stanley, Heber, Beau Sejour, Trianon, Mon Repos, Mr. Tellfair's at Moka, Mr. Fontenay junior, M. Salappe Grand River 1857;

Theatrical programmes

1. 'The White Heather' by Cecil Raleigh and Henry Hamilton
Date: 1897
FindingNo: MS108/2/154
Extent: 1 item
Description: Programme for production of 'The White Heather'; programme is annotated with date of attendance, 13 Oct 1897 Performed at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London; produced by Arthur Collins; scenery by Joseph Harker, W. Perkins, Mr Cleery, Bruce Smith and Robert Caney; dresses designed by M. Comelli; costumes designed by Mrs Aria; incidental music by J. M. Glover Cast: John Wood, Kate Rorke, Pattie Browne, Beatrice Lamb, Lillian Menelly, Valli Valli, Mary Brough, Margaret Brough, E. Palmer, Henry Neville, H de Lange, Dawson Milward, Robert Loraine, J. B. Gordon, C. M. Lowne, Ernest Lawford, Albert Mayer, J. Rosier, Howard Russell, Akerman May, Edwin Palmer, Edward Shrimton, Frank Damer, Alfred Balfour, R. A. Lyons, T. Hendon, Lewis Egard, Daisy Rignold, Caroline Rhodes, Birdie Somerset, Daisy Sedger, Lily Roche, Ethel Wallis, Molly Bawn, R. Ward, Margot Werderman, Miss Hooton, Augusta Walters, Maud Rignold, Miss Eversfield, Daisy Lanford, Georgie Lennard, May Pelham, F. Clavin Clarke, W. Bedells, F. W. Cane, F. Eaglesfield, Mr Lovett, Mr Court, C. Ross, G. Chassemore, J. W. Sewell, Mr Knight, A. Vezin, E. Morgan, W. Morgan, Dyce Scott

2. 'A Runaway Girl' by Seymour Hicks and Harry Nicholls
Date: 1898
FindingNo: MS108/3/3
Extent: 1 item
Description: Programme for production of 'A Runaway Girl'; programme is annotated with date of attendance, 19 Nov 1898 Performed at The Gaiety Theatre, London; scenery by J. Harker and T. E. Ryan; costumes designed by Wilhelm; dances arranged by Willie Warde; music by Ivan Caryll and Lionel Monckton; lyrics by Aubrey Hopwood and Harry Greenbank; orchestra directed by Ivan Caryll Cast: Harry Monkhouse, W. Louis Bradfield, Fred Kaye, Lawrance D'Orsay, Willie Warde, Fred Wright, R. Selby, Mr Percival, A. F. Cramer, John Coates, Edward O'Neill, C. Baring, S. Barry, W. F. Brooke, Edmund Payne, Katie Seymour, Grace Palotta, Connie Ediss, Kate Talby, Margaret Fraser, Marie Shields, Rosie Boote, Marguerite Roche, Lilian Gregory, Cissie Vaughan, Ellaline Terriss

3. 'San Toy, or The Emperor's Own' by Edward Morton
Date: 1900
FindingNo: MS108/3/56
Extent: 1 item
Description: Programme for production of 'San Toy, or The Emperor's Own'; programme is annotated with date of attendance, 27 Jun 1900 Performed at Daly's Theatre, [London]; opening performance, 27 Jun 1900; scenery by Hawes Craven and Joseph Harker; costumes designed by Percy Anderson; dances arranged by Willie Warde; lyrics by Harry Greenbank and Adrian Ross; music by Sidney Jones; additional musical numbers by Lionel Monckton and Harry Hamilton; musical director Barter Johns Cast: Huntley Wright, Fred Kaye, Akerman May, Ernest Snow, Scott Russell, J. Murphy, S. Arrigoni, T. H. David, S. Vigay, Colin Coop, Rutland Barrington, Hilda Moody, Blanche Massey, Ethel Irving, Gladys Homfrey, Maidie Hope, Kitty Mason, Louie Collier, Aileen D'Orme, Marie Fawcett, Marguerite Roche, M. Darrell, Florence Allen, Mary Collette, Alice Davis, K. Francis, Aida Carter, Hilda Coral, Hayden Coffin, Florence Collingbourn


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