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AL Smith Collection - Catalogue II.B.1-9

Group II. Papers on Public Questions, 1908-1924.

The following material relating to AS's work on various national issues had been arranged in chronological order under each heading by the time that the the "E.L. Morgan" listing was made. This structure has been preserved, and the letter identifiers given to each heading correspond to those on the "E.L. Morgan" list. The Morgan list noted that the material on "Extra-Mural Work" had been arranged with more care - this implies that this material had been used before the Morgan list was drawn up [See II A below].


This material, originally in 2 file boxes, concerns the Archbishops' Committee on Church and State, of which AS was a member, its subsequent report in 1916 and the formation of the Church Self-Government Association, and other matters affecting church policy and refrom during the war.

1. The structure and background of the Archbishops' Committee.

i.TS carbon copy of the Report of the Agenda Committee on the various stages of enquiry of the Archbishop's Committee. n.d. 3L.
ii.TLS from Albert Mansbridge. 20 Mar. 1914. Could an informal subcommittee be set up?
iii.AMS notes about convocation by AS. Dated 22 March 1914. 1L.
iv.TS booklist for church history background for the committee. n.d. 11L. 2 copies.
v. AMS notes on the bibliography by AS. 3L.
vi.Printed "Synopsis and Bibliography of Church History" for Sub-Committee No.1 (Historical and Legal) of the Archbishops' Committee. n.d. 8p.

2. TS carbon copy of agenda for the Committee's meeting of 5-6 May 1914. 1L.

3. Cutting from ? of a letter about the Welsh Church. Dated "Whitsuntide 1914."

4. Correspondence on the discussion of Lay Representation and a memo by AS on the working classes.

i.ALS from Sir Foster H.E. Cunliffe, secretary of the Committee to Mansbridge. 26 March 1914. 1L. Cunliffe has to see the chairman - what points would he like to raise at the next meetings?
ii.TS carbon copy of Mansbridge to Cunliffe. 27 March 1914. 1L. Reply to the above - AS wants discussion on the representation of the laity in the church.
iii.ALS from Cunliffe to Mansbridge. 28 March 1914. 2L. Plans for discussion and reports on Lay Representation.
iv.TS carbon copy of Mansbridge to Cunliffe. 30 March 1914. 1L. Reply to points in the above.
v.ALS from Cunliffe to Mansbridge. 8 April 1914. 1L. The Chairman will be glad to receive a memo from Mansbridge at any time.
vi.TS carbon copy of Mansbridge to Cunliffe. 9 April 1914. 1L. Will need to consult AS.
vii. TLS from Mansbridge to AS. 2 May 1914. 1L. Sending his correspondence with Cunliffe.
viii.TLS from Viscount Wolmer. 2 May 1914. 1L. Has copied extracts and tables from the Commons' Public Bill Lists for the Archbishop's Committee.
ix.ALS from Cunliffe. 10 May 1914. Can AS send details of his memo on the church and the working classes?
x.Cutting from The Times 10 June 1914. A statement by the Archbishops of York and Canterbury on church/state relations and the Welsh Church Bill.
xi. ALS from Henry E. Kemp. 23 June 1914. 1L. He and others will support Smith's memo.
xii.TS carbon copy of agenda for the Committee's meeting of 30 June 1914. Mentions memos by Lord Cecil on church self-government and by AS on church relations to lay feeling.
xiii.ALS from AS to Kemp. 5 July 1914. 1L. He has made various alterations to his memo on the church and the working classes.
xiv.ALS from Douglas Eyre. 14 July 1914. 1L. Eyre fears the Committee will be split over Church establishment.
xv. ALS from Kemp. 31 July 1914. 1L. Alterations to the memo.
xvi.ALS from AS to Kemp. 21 Aug. 1914. 1L. Changes to the memo. Thoughts on the outbreak of the war - how to convince the working classes of the need to fight against German militarism.
xvii.2 ALS from Cunliffe. 26 Aug. 1914. Both 1L. Thoughts on AS's memo. Thoughts on how to spread the message of the need to fight to the working classes. The possibility of a War Office lecture scheme With envelope with AMS notes jotted on it by AS.
xviii.ALS from Cunliffe. 31 Aug. 1914. 1L. Dangers of praising the Germans at all. Criticism of Trevelyan's views on the outbreak of the war.

5. Criticisms made by the Bishop of Oxford [Charles Gore].

i.TLS from the Bishop. 18 June 1914. 4L. Criticisms of various parts of the Committee's work, mainly on points in a paper about church and state.
ii. TS and AMS notes by AS on points in the Bishop's letter. 2L.
iii.ALS from Cunliffe. 7 July 1914. 2L. Thoughts on the Bishop's letter. Appointment of a Professor of Military History. With envelope.

6. Arrangements for a meeting of the Committee in Oxford.

i.Telegram from Adkins. 14 July 1914. Is AS staying with him in London?
ii. Telegram from Robertson of the War Office. 18 July 1914. Arrangements to meet.
iii.TS carbon copy of circular letter about arrangements for the Sept.-Oct. meeting of the Committee in Oxford. 8 July 1914. 1L. With envelope.
iv.AMS note from AS to various Balliol fellows re the arrangements. 1L. With printed list of committee members.
v.ALS from Cunliffe. 31 July 1914. 1L. Asking for details of the accommodation in Oxford.
vi.ALS from Cunliffe. 12 Aug. 1914. 1L. As above.
vii.TS carbon copy of memo by Cunliffe about the business scheduled for the Oxford meeting. 9L.
With enclosing ALS. 1 Sept. 1914. 1L.
viii. TS notes on "Representation of Laity Under Income Tax Line." n.d. or author.

7. TS carbon copy of the Minutes of the Committee's meeting of 26-27 Jan. 1915. 7L. Discussion of the draft report.

8. ALS from Bishop G.F. Browne. 24 May 1915. 1L. Notes on various views on the blessing of marriages.

9. AS's notes.

i.Pad of notepaper with AMS notes on topics realting to the work of the committee and notes taken during various meetings. 26 Jan.-1 June 1915. 19L.
ii.AMS notes on "church and state." 1L.

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