Catalogue of additional papers of Rev. Henry Handley Norris, 1789-1850

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Additional papers of Rev. Henry Handley Norris, 1789-1850

Correspondence mainly concerning the enquiries of Henry Handley Norris (1771-1850) into the family estate, with miscellaneous papers and sermons.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7202, e. 3455-6

Extent: 3 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Henry Handley Norris (1771-1850) was Rector of St. John of Jerusalem, Hackney and a theologian. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.


Bought, Stride and Son, 3 December 2004, lot 171.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7202, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

For papers of Henry Handley Norris, see MSS. Eng. lett. b. 38, c. 789-91; Eng. misc. b. 439, c. 942, d. 1367

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Norris | Henry Handley | 1771-1850 | Theologian

Descriptive List

Correspondence and miscellaneous papers, 1789-1850, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7202
Extent: 53 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-22) Letters to H.H. Norris, 1789-1850, mainly relating to his enquiries into the family estate and his father's fortune
  • (fols. 23-7) Copy, dated 16 Sept. 1813, of a letter from James King, executor of John Fordyce, esq. to Mrs Norris, 30 Aug. 1813, relating to claims of the representatives of the late Henry Norris, esq. from His late Highness Ameer Ul Omrah, submitted for the consideration of the Commissioners appointed for the settlement of the claims of the Carnatic
  • (fols. 28-35) Miscellaneous research notes, including (fols. 28-9) an extract from the parish register of Warton, certified by the vicar, 11 Apr. 1808, relating to the Guy family of Yealand Conyers and the Hest family of Warton
  • (fols. 36-40) Printed article, 'On the cubical content of the Roman Congius, in a letter from Henry Norris, esq.' extracted from Archaeologia, 1782, section XXV, with annotations by Henry Norris (father of H.H. Norris)
  • (fols. 41-7) Poems and verses
    • (fols. 41-2) 'A non-descript between an Ode and an Epistle', 24 Nov. 1795, beg. "In clear from clouds the russet morn appear"; followed by 'an epigram made by me', beg. "When Mordecai had saved poor Israel's race"
    • (fols. 43-5) 'Verses supposed to be written to Mrs Sikes at Guilsboro' ', 12 Sep. 1801, beg. "Laetitia, Kate, Caroline, 'Ria and Anne"
    • (fol. 46) 'Brittannia', beg. 'A Northern Colony possess the Court'
    • (fol. 47) A verse about Dr Jephson's advice to a patient on the value of walking, beg. "He does Sir, so much so, that some have a notion".
  • (fols. 48-53) Miscellaneous papers, including
    • (fols. 51-2) Pencil drawing, 'Albinia's sketch of Mr H.C.'
    • (fol. 53) Copy of a letter from Walter Scott to Mr Ackermann, 26 Mar. 1814

Notebook containing a sermon, probably by H.H. Norris, entitled 'The necessity and advantages of Prayer, with a method of praying always', c.1799
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3455
Extent: 26 leaves
Binding: marbled covers

Scope and Content:

'Skelton, Octr 20 & 27th 1799' written at fol. 26v

Notebook containing a sermon by H.H. Norris on 2. Corinth. Ch: xi. v. 2, 23 July 1848
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3456
Extent: 18 leaves
Binding: blue covers

Scope and Content:

On fol. 1v, is written 'H.H.N., written out by Edward Chirton', and in another hand, 'This sermon was on the same text and much the one H.H.N. preached when this Chapel was'. On fol. 18v, is written 'July 23d opening of new church 1848'.

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