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Denton, W. (William), 1815-1888
William Denton Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1633-1893 (mostly 1830-1893)
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of about a hundred autograph letters by nineteenth-century British politicians, clergymen, and men of letters to clergyman and reformist William Denton.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of about a hundred autograph letters by nineteenth-century British politicians, clergymen, and men of letters, the majority of which are addressed to the Rev. William Denton. Although not a Christian Socialist in the classic sense, Denton took up the cause of the poor in his city parish (St Bartholomew, Cripplegate), and many of the letters reflect the political battles he fought to promote their welfare. The other significant strand in these letters is Denton's concern for the people of the Balkans. In 1876 when there were allegations of massacres of Bulgarian Christians under Ottoman rule, he played a prominent part --also reflected in this collection (see particularly the letters from W. E. Gladstone)--in bringing this to the attention of the world. Apart from those letters addressed to Denton, there are also letters addressed to other contemporary figures. It is not clear how they came to be in this collection, but it may be through chance or acquaintance. Of particular interest is an important draft letter from the tractarian clergyman William John Butler, responding to the criticisms of his Catholic contemporary Henry James Coleridge.

Collection Creator Biography:

Denton, W. (William), 1815-1888

William Denton, a prominent clergyman in Victorian England, was educated at Worcester College, Oxford, and was deeply influenced by the tractarian movement. He had links with the orthodox church in Serbia and published several books on Serbia and Montenegro; he was also deeply concerned about the position of Christians in Turkey:

Collection History


Purchased in 2007 .


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney in June 2007. Finding aid written by John Delaney from text provided by Christopher Edwards in June 2007.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

William Denton Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1