Surtees Society records
Introduction
Surtees Society
Contents
Arrangement
Related material - here
Bibliography

Catalogue

Reference code: GB-0033-SUS
Title: Surtees Society records
Dates of creation: 1834-2015
Extent: 6 volumes and 12 boxes in 2.5 linear metres
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Origination: Records created by the Surtees Society
Language: English with occasional Latin

Surtees Society

The Surtees Society was founded in 1834, to publish historical records relating to Northumbria as a memorial to the recently deceased historian of Durham, Robert Surtees. The inaugural meeting refined its purpose as “the publication of inedited manuscripts, illustrative of the intellectual, the moral, the religious, and the social condition of those parts of England and Scotland, included on the East between the Humber and the Firth of Forth, and on the West between the Mersey and the Clyde, a region which constituted the Ancient Kingdom of Northumberland”. Initially, only material anterior to the Restoration was to be considered for publication but this bar was raised in the 1840s to records more than a century old and it has been effectively removed completely now. There have been a number of other rule changes since 1834, but the broad principles of the Society are still adhered to today as its publications now number over 210 volumes, covering all of the north of England, with a focus on Co. Durham.
The moving spirit of the Society for many years was James Raine (1791-1858), librarian to the Dean and Chapter of Durham, who was both the Society's secretary and the editor of fifteen of its first twenty-four volumes. His administrative skills were not necessarily matched by his editorial ones, but the Society survived its near closure in the early 1840s. Other significant secretaries/editors have been Raine's son, also James, William Brown, Alexander Hamilton Thompson and A.J. Piper. Hamilton Thompson wrote a centenary history of the Society which also includes a list and summaries of all its publications, names and addresses of all members of the Society from its start to 1938 with their dates of membership and any offices held: A. Hamilton Thompson, The Surtees Society 1834-1934, (Surtees Society 150, 1939).
The Society has been administered by a Council of vice-presidents and the officers which generally met twice a year. These meetings have always been in Durham and for much of its esistence there has been a very close association between the Society and Durham University, with officers often being members of the university and meetings often being held on university premises. The secretary has been the key officer until the latest reorganisation of 2000 when the office's increasing administrative burden was contracted out with the university's History department carrying out this role in 2007. A treasurer has administered the Society's finances; for many years after the foundation there were two of them, one being based in London. A president has been the head of the Society, a role that has generally been honorific, though Charles Thorp in the 1850s took a more active role in directing the Society's affairs and the president since the later 1980s has again chaired Council meetings. The editing of volumes was often undertaken by the secretary, until a separate editor was appointed in 1968; two editors were appointed in 2000, and this was raised to three in 2011.
President
Presidents initially served for terms of 3 years and were purely honorific until Charles Thorp was elected president as warden of the university on the re-establishment of the Society, more closely linked with the university, in 1849. He also chaired meetings which had previously been undertaken by a variety of vice-presidents. The link with the wardenship was not maintained after Thorp when the president reverted to being usually absent from meetings. Brown was the first secretary to be promoted president. There was no president for a while in the 1970s when the meetings were largely run by the editor Roy Hudleston. His retirement in 1979 saw the revival of a more active and engaged president.
A patron, Edward Maltby, bishop of Durham, was also instituted in 1849. He was followed in 1860 by the duke of Northumberland who combined the two posts when he became president after Thorp. There were no further separate patrons.
Walter Francis 5th duke of Buccleuch 1834-1837
Edward Maltby bishop of Durham 1837-1840
Richard 3rd Lord Braybrooke 1840-1843
Charles William 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam 1843-1846
Henry 2nd duke of Cleveland 1846-1849
Charles Thorp archdeacon of Durham 1849-1863
Algernon 4th duke of Northumberland 1863-1865
Walter Francis 5th duke of Buccleuch 1865-1884
William Stubbs bishop of Chester, then Oxford 1884-1901
Henry 7th duke of Northumberland 1901-1918
William Brown 1918-1924
Alan 8th duke of Northumberland 1925-1930
Henry Gee dean of Gloucester 1931-1938
Hensley Henson former bishop of Durham 1939-1945
A.T.P. Williams bishop of Durham 1945-1952
Sir Maurice Powicke 1953-1961
J.H.S. Wild dean of Durham 1962-1973
Prof H.S. Offler 1980-1987
Prof R.B. Dobson 1987-2002
Prof Richard Sharpe 2002-

Chairman
A local chairman for Council meetings was instituted in 1925.
J.E.C. Welldon dean of Durham 1925-1933
Canon G.C. Richards 1933-1934
C.A. Alington dean of Durham 1934-1953
Canon S.L. Greenslade 1953-1958
Prof Edward Hughes 1958-1965

Treasurer
The Society was established with two treasurers, one in Durham, and one in London who looked after the subscribers in that area. Communications between the two were not always what they might have been and the Society quickly ran into financial problems with subscriptions uncollected and printers unpaid. By the late nineteenth century the situation was stabilised under one treasurer (Gradon father and the son). From 1949, the treasurer was the representative of the Barclays Bank in Durham where the Society's accounts were held. This association ceased in 2000 on the reorganisation of the Society in that year.
Robert Henry Allan 1834-1842
John Gough Nichols 1834-1873
William Greenwell 1843-1847
William Henderson 1847-1857
Samuel Rowlandson 1857-1882
J.T. Fowler 1881-1895
J.W. Barnes 1882-1884
J.G. Robinson 1884-1891
John George Gradon 1891-1932
Henry Lawrence Gradon 1932-1949
A.B. Peacock 1949-1961
W. Madderson 1961-1962
Frank Stone 1962-1971
M.R. Binks 1971-1981
T.R. Gregory 1981-1986
J.M. McMinn 1986-1992
Michael Youll 1992-1995
James Ramsbotham 1995-1998
Mike Carr 1998-2000
Brian Cheesman 2001-2013
Peter Maggs 2013-2015
John Marsland 2015-

Secretary
The secretary in effect ran the Society for most of its existence, dealing with the routine administration of securing subscriptions, organising the publication and despatch to members of volumes, dealing with enquiries and, in particular in the persons of the first James Raine and A.J. Piper, commissioning and editing many of the volumes. From 2000, most of the routine administration was contracted out to Durham University, undertaken by its History department by 2005, with the secretary's role focusing more exclusively on arranging and minuting the meetings. In November 2008, this contracted-out administration was transferred from the History Department to the university's Arts and Humanities Faculty office and in summer 2016 back to the History Department.
James Raine 1834-1849
William George Henderson 1849-1852
(S.P. Denning 1850-1852 acting)
John Pedder 1852-1854
James Raine jr 1854-1895
William Brown 1896-1916
Henry Gee 1916-1920
Alexander Hamilton Thompson 1920-1950
H.S. Offler 1950-1966
Dr W.A.L. Seaman 1966-1974
Mr A.J. Piper 1974-1999
Mr Alan J. Heesom 1999-2000
Mrs Lynda Rollason 2000-2003
Dr Anne Orde 2003-2004
Dr Michael M.N. Stansfield 2005-2015
Dr Richard Higgins 2015-

Editor
A separate post of editor of the Society's volumes was established in 1968 to make use of the considerable experience of Roy Hudleston in this area. The post was in effect combined with that of secretary on his resignation but was revived as an independent officer on A. J. Piper's resignation, with in fact joint editors being then appointed to share the workload. On Margaret Harvey's resignation in 2011, a further two editors were appointed, with Prof Britnell dealing with medieval material, Prof Winchester the early modern and Mr Heesom nineteenth century and later.
C.R. Hudleston 1968-1979
A. J. Piper 1980-1999
Margaret M. Harvey 1999-2011
Richard H. Britnell 1999-2013
Angus J.L. Winchester 2011-
Alan J. Heesom 2011-


Contents

The core records are the minutes of the Council of the Surtees Society which comprised the officers and vice-presidents and ran the Society, overseeing its publication of volumes of records about the north-east's history and the raising of sufficient funds to finance this, principally by means of subscriptions. The rest of the records are files of the officers who carried out this business, mainly the secretary and treasurer, and comprising mostly correspondence with subscribers and potential subscribers, editors and potential editors, and printers/publishers. There is a particular group of material from the early years of the Society covering its inception, the initial recruitment of subscribers, plans for the first volumes, delays with their publication and the near collapse of the Society in the early 1840s through financial problems. The files are thence less fulsome until the later 1950s whence papers of the secretary survive consistently and files covering the publication of each volume also begin to remain.
Periodically, the Surtees Society has published at the back of its volumes: reports (in theory annually, but in practice usually attempting to cover the period since the last one); lists of volumes published; lists of works to be published (this peaked at 53 in 1862, fell away to single figures by 1900, rose again to 16 in 1916, but was down to 4 by the last time it appeared in 1965); lists of personal and institutional members (admission dates were included in 1864; officers also appear in the early volumes); the Society's rules (as modified in 1849, 1863, 1925, 1954, 1967 and then 1991); and accounts (generally for the previous double year, but on occasion for the previous double year to that as well (1875, 1912 and 1914), for 5 years in 1841 and none at all in 1934 and 1935).The volumes where these reports et al appear are: 2 (1835), 6 (1837), 12 (1841), 30 (1855), 33 (1857), 36 (1859), 39 (1861), 41 (1862), 43 (1863), 45 (1864), 47 (1865), 51 (1867), 54 (1869), 56 (1870), 57 (1871), 62 (1873), 65 (1875), 69 (1878), 75 (1882), 79 (1884), 93 (1894), 97 (1896), 100 (1898), 103 (1900), 111 (1905), 115 (1908), 121 (1912), 124 (1914), 128 (1916), 131 (1918), 132 (1919), 136 (1923), 139 (1926), 149 (1934), 150 (1935), 163 (1948), 166 (1951) and 180 (1965). A report was printed separately in 1956 and not incorporated in a volume (see G1 below). In 200 (1989) an up to date list of all the publications with a list of the then officers was published.

Accession details

Various deposits by the Society since 1990, also 20 December 2002, 23 March 2007 (Acc No Misc.2006/7:46), 22 September 2008 (Acc No Misc.2008/9:20), 17 December 2008 (Acc No Misc.2008/9:47), 8 January 2009 (Acc No Misc.2008/9:52), 19 January 2009 (Acc No Misc.2008/9:55), and 4 January 2012 (Acc No Misc.2011/2:28). Also some Society files deposited by A.I. Doyle 4 April 2007 (Acc No Misc.2006/7:49). E1 and E2 were transferred by Offler in 1978 (cf E12 below) and [E4] by A. J. Piper in 1986.

Conditions of access

Open for consultation.

Copyright and copying

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material

Arrangement

Material received by 1999 had been roughly sorted into the following arrangement. None had been numbered except for 2 which comprised what is now E1-3 and had been numbered and listed (E1-2) and numbered and indexed (E3).
1. Minutes.
2. Early correspondence.
3. Council business (all modern files)
4. Secretary's correspondence, 1949 onwards. Also includes historical notes by A. Hamilton Thompson, compiler of the society's centennial history.
5. Treasurer's papers, 1941-1996.
6. Publications and sales papers, 1963-1978.
7. Editor's files (modern).
8. Membership.
In 2007, all the material was fully appraised, files were weeded as below, and material received since 1999 was incorporated, with the material then being arranged, not altering any previous numbering, as follows:
A Minutes
B Financial records
C Membership records
D President's files
E Secretary's files
F Editor's files
G Publications
H Lists

Appraisal

In 2007, files since 1960 have been weeded of duplicate minutes and Council papers, routine administrative correspondence re subscriptions and requests for volumes, and invoices except for every 10th year as a sample.

Accruals

Further accruals anticipated approximately every 5 years.

Related material - here

Some letters of James Raine as the first secretary are in DUL Add MS 833 and a letter of W.G. Henderson as secretary is DUL Add MS 1217.

Bibliography

Heavy use of the early material (minutes, correspondence), with extensive quotations, was made for The Surtees Society 1834-1934 including a catalogue of its publications with notes on their sources and contents and a list of the members of the Society from its beginning to the present day by A. Hamilton Thompson (Surtees Soc. 150, 1939)

Catalogue

Records of the Surtees Society
Reference: SUS
Minutes
Reference: SUS/A
SUS/A1   27 May 1834 - 7 December 1920
Minute book
The volume begins with various printed notices about the setting up of the society and the minutes of the first meeting of 27 May 1834. From the meeting of 4 December 1834, the minutes are handwritten.
The meetings were chaired by one of the vice-presidents who generally signed the previous meeting's minutes. This was confirmed by the 2 December 1873 meeting, when the then chairman, John Cundill, was also ordered to sign all previously unsigned minutes.
SUS/A2   1 March 1921 - 14 December 1995
Minute book
Minutes for 13 December 1966 to 12 June 1974 are in a separate typescript booklet in a pocket inside the back cover, otherwise the minutes are handwritten; signed.
Inserted at the front are a table of council members' attendance 1988-[1994], a list of volumes discussed at specific meetings, and a draft annual report (not printed) for [1921].
SUS/A3   7 June [1966] - 14 December 1995
Agendas, some amended for subsequent meetings.
SUS/A4   9 December 1974 - 14 December 1995
Copy minutes, typescript.
SUS/A5   12 December 1996 - 11 December 2014
Minutes, typescript, signed.
SUS/A6   12 December 1996 - 18 June 2015
Agendas and papers (for minutes and annual accounts submitted as papers see elsewhere A5 above and BA2 below respectively).
SUS/A7   20 January 2014 - 28 April 2015
Finance Committee agendas and minutes
Paper file
Financial records
Reference: SUS/B
Statements of accounts
Reference: SUS/BA For the account for 1842/3, see E3/144 below, and for 1941-1976 see BB1 below.
For details of the somewhat irregularly printed accounts, see the administrative history above.

SUS/BA1   1 January 1935 - 16 June 1936
Statement of account.
Endorsed with notes of volumes discussed at meetings.
SUS/BA2   1950 - 1974
Statements of accounts for the year to 31 December (1953 missing).
SUS/BA3   1975 - 1987
Statements of accounts for the year to 31 December.
SUS/BA4   1988 - 2014
Statements of accounts for the year to 30 September.
(The first account runs from 1 January 1988 to 30 September 1989.)
Accounts
Reference: SUS/BB
SUS/BB1   January 1941 - December 1977
Treasurer's day book of receipts, mostly for subscriptions, with statements of accounts for double years at the appropriate points 1941-1942 to 1947-1948, thence for each single year to 1976.
SUS/BB2   January 1978 - December 1982
Day book of receipts, mostly for subscriptions.
SUS/BB3   2013
Annual reports of the trustees for the year ended 30 September (for the Charity Commission).
Paper file
Vouchers
Reference: SUS/BC In 1999, it was recommended that bundles for every tenth year only should be retained as a sample.

SUS/BC1   1975
Vouchers and bank statements.
SUS/BC2   1985
Vouchers and bank statements.
SUS/BC3   1995
Vouchers and bank statements.
Correspondence
Reference: SUS/BD For a file of correspondence of J.G. Nichols, one of the first treasurers, see E3/3 below.

SUS/BD1   September 1957 - December 1959
Treasurer's correspondence of A.B. Peacock, mainly with Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society about their subscription
SUS/BD2   May 1966 - June 1971
Correspondence between the secretary (mostly W.A.L. Seaman) and the treasurer at Barclays Bank, Durham, about subscriptions and investments, with some letters of A.B. Peacock as Treasurer about.
SUS/BD3   June 1966 - May 1975
Correspondence between the secretay (W.A.L. Seaman) and the assistant treasurer at Barclays Bank, Durham, (R.R.B. Lamb) about subscriptions.
SUS/BD4   November 1971 - November 1981
Correspondence between the secretary (W.A.L. Seaman and then A.J. Piper) and the treasurer at Barclays Bank, Durham, about subscriptions, payment of invoices, petty cash, the accounts, insurance and investments.
SUS/BD5   December 1981 - January 1986
Correspondence between the secretary (A.J. Piper) and the treasurer at Barclays Bank, Durham, about subscriptions, payments of invoices, petty cash, the accounts, insurance, investments and attendance at Council meetings.
SUS/BD6   March 1986 - October 1992
Correspondence between the secretary (A.J. Piper), the treasurer at Barclays Bank, Durham, and others, about subscriptions, payment of invoices, petty cash, the accounts, investments, and procuring charitable status for the Society.
SUS/BD7   December 1992 - March 1998
Correspondence between the secretary (A.J. Piper) and the treasurer at Barclays Bank, Durham, about subscriptions, payment of invoices, petty cash and the accounts.
SUS/BD8   2000 - 2001
Treasurer's correspondence, including a paper on the case for charitable status of [2000] and a summation of the Society's accounts 1974-2000.
Paper file
SUS/BD9   1979 - 1998
Sales of books and payments received.
Paper file
Membership records
Reference: SUS/C
SUS/C1   1894 - 1914
Membership register, listing names/institutions, addresses, and membership number, and recording the despatch of volumes 94 to 126.
SUS/C2   1950 - 1966
Membership register, listing names/institutions and addresses, and recording the despatch date of volumes 158 to 176.
SUS/C3   1961 - 1975
Membership register, listing names/institutions and addresses, and the date of [subscriptions received], with notes of those sent reminders or resigning.
SUS/C4   1973 - 1983
Membership register, listing names/institutions and addresses, amount and date of subscriptions received for individual years, with a note of volumes despatched.
SUS/C5   c.1965 - 1995
Despatch lists, comprising names/institutions and addresses, for c.1965, April 1970, November 1993, April 1995.
President's files
Reference: SUS/D
SUS/D1   November 1984 - May 2001
Correspondence of the president, Barrie Dobson, about Council meetings and business, especially the transfer of the Durham dean and chapter archive from The Prior's Kitchen to 5 The College 1990, new officers and the reorganisation of the Society in 2000.
Secretary's files
Reference: SUS/E
SUS/E1   1834 -1835, mostly 1834
File of in letters to the secretary, James Raine, (unless otherwise detailed) covering the foundation of the Society and plans for its first publications, mostly responding to a printed circular of Raine's of April 1834 with details of the proposed Society and its rules, inviting comments and correspondents to become members for a 2 guinea subscription.
SUS/E1/1   21 April 1834
Letter from Thomas Surtees Raine at Hurworth Grange, Darlington, listing potential members.
SUS/E1/2   12 May 1834
Letter from Thomas Surtees Raine at Hurworth Grange, Darlington, happy to be a member and nominates another.
SUS/E1/3   28 May 1834
Letter from Thomas Surtees Raine, at Hurworth Grange, giving Mr Jones's address, happy to sketch Mainsforth.
SUS/E1/4   14 June 1834
Letter from Thomas Surtees Raine, at Hurworth Grange, about a late applicant for membership, his family is afflicted by scarlet fever.
SUS/E1/5   9 July 1835
Letter from Thomas Surtees Raine at Hurworth Grange, resigning from the Society as he has “more necessary indulgences”.
SUS/E1/6   17 April 1834
Letter from Marshall Fowler at Preston, Stockton, supporting the plan but cannot attend as he has to close an arbitration to enable witnesses to return to London on Saturday's steam boat.
SUS/E1/7   [20 April 1834]
Letter from Sir Cuthbert Sharp, not keen to be an officer as the commissioners would not approve, he has written to Tennyson about the Neville pedigree, and is anxious about a tablet.
SUS/E1/8   22 April [1834]
Letter from G. [George] Taylor at Chester-le-Street, going to Northumberland, reminds him of his Willington appointment.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.1-2.
SUS/E1/9   8 May 1834
Letter from Joseph Frank at Stockton approving of the proposed rules and hoping to be a member.
SUS/E1/10   8 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] Samuel Gamlen of Heighington extolling the proposed society and suggesting Sir Robert Eden as a, probably inactive, member.
SUS/E1/11   8 May 1834
Letter from Edward Shipperdson at Durham, approving of the proposed society and hoping to be a member, if an inactive one.
SUS/E1/12   8 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] T. [Thomas] H. Yorke at Bishop Middleham, fond of Surtees, hopes to be a member of the society, will be absent from the meeting as he is going to Middleton for the water as he is in poor health.
SUS/E1/13   9 May 1834
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham, proud to be a member and grateful to Raine for “promoting an Institution of so important a character”.
SUS/E1/14   10 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] Anthony Cumby at Scorton near Catterick, proud to be a member, would be grateful for advice on books on the development of the English language from Anglo-Saxon onwards, would be happy to check items in his local libraries.
SUS/E1/15   11 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] James Dalton at Croft, declining membership as he is too old at 70.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.6.
SUS/E1/16   11 May 1834
Letter from Robert Southey at Keswick, glad to be a member, could the subscription be paid in London, no finer mark of respect to Surtees.
SUS/E1/17   12 May 1834
Letter from [George Howard 6th earl of] Carlisle at Grosvenor Place, [London], happy to be a member.
SUS/E1/18   12 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] Robert Green at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, asking to be a member.
SUS/E1/19   [12 May 1834]
Letter from W. [William] Charles Harland at Pulteney Hotel, Albermarle St, [London], happy to be a member but his parliamentary duties [as an M.P.] prevent his attending the meeting.
SUS/E1/20a   12 May 1834
Letter from Henry Howard at 47 Lower Brook St, London, delighted to be a member, discusses arrangements for paying his subscription.
SUS/E1/20b   12 May 1834
Letter from Henry Howard at 47 Lower Brook St, London, sending a copy of Dallaway's [History of Western] Sussex which he acquired as executor of the late duke of Norfolk, one of the 76 copies saved from the fire at Mr Bentleys, in return for Surtees sending him the first 3 volumes of his History of Durham, directions for sending the fourth volume when printed, and for sending letters via his son Philip H. Howard M.P..
SUS/E1/21   12 May 1834
Letter from B.W. Mills at Brancepeth Castle, responding on behalf of Mr Russell, who is abroad, who would be delighted to become a member.
SUS/E1/22   12 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] James Tate at Amen Corner, London, happy to be a member, though poor, acquainted with the Nicholses, discusses his correspondence with Lord Holland about vindicating Lollius, do not put him down as rector of Marske, christen the men of Durham “Dunelmians”.
On the back is John Atkinson's printed Sonnet to Tate, 24 March 1834.
SUS/E1/23   12 May 1834
Letter from H. [Henry] T. Maire Witham at Lartington, delighted to be a member, hopes to attend the meeting.
SUS/E1/24   12 May 1834
Letter from [Sir] C. [Charles] G. [George] Young, would like to be a member, asks about paying his subscription in London, Surtees is to be acclaimed for his topographical and family history, recounts his experience of two collapsed societies, comments on the Radcliffe matter and [Raine's] completion of Surtees's work, happy to pass on printed papers to friends.
SUS/E1/25   13 May 1834
Letter from [Charles William 3rd earl] FitzWilliam at Grosvenor Place, [London], not acquainted with Surtees but happy to be a member, Lord Milton would also like to join.
SUS/E1/26   13 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] T. [Thomas] Gisborne at Yoxall Lodge, happy to be a member, Mr Leybourne will pay his subscription, happy with the rules.
SUS/E1/27   13 May 1834
Letter from John Hodgson [M.P.] at London, happy to be a member, glad [Raine] is completing Surtees's History of Durham.
SUS/E1/28   13 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] John Lingard at Hornby, [Lancashire], proud to be a member, the society is entitled to “approbation and support”.
SUS/E1/29   13 May 1834
Letter from [John] B. [Bowyer] Nichols at London, commending the proposed society, honoured to be a member, and hopes his son can be also, if a London printer is selected, he hopes it might be him, respects to Mrs Surtees, sorry to hear of Mrs Robinson's illness, will be preparing a statement of account.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.20.
SUS/E1/30   13 May 1834
Letter from Anthony Salvin at 32 Somerset St, [London], happy to be an unworthy member, engravings alterations has delayed the publication of Catterick Church, needs advice on distributers beyond Bell of Richmond.
SUS/E1/31   13 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] Joseph Stevenson at the British Museum, happy to be a member and to advise on BM manuscripts, happy to hear of progress on North Durham, and the completion of South Durham, the Northumbrian version of the Gospels with other translations of the New Testament in Saxon is about to be published by Thorpe and Kemble
SUS/E1/32   14 May 1834
Letter from C. [Christopher] Blackett [M.P.] at 16 Portman St, Portman Sq, [London], approves of the proposed Surtees Soicety and encloses a letter for Mrs Surtees (not now present).
SUS/E1/33   14 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] Matthew Culley at Fowberry Tower, suggesting a monument, which he would be happy to support, as a better way of commemorating Surtees, antiquarians are too few and annual subscriptions would soon fall away.
SUS/E1/34   14 May [1834]
Letter from [Rev] Edwin Guest at the Cambridge and Oxford Club, thinks the regulations admirable, but queries where subscriptions are to be paid, a London banker would be helpful, looking forward to the first number of [Raine's] friend's “ocean of Biography”, has failed to find [John Raine] in at Trinity recently.
SUS/E1/35   14 May 1834
Letter from Francis Mewburn at Darlington, delighted to be a member as owed [Surtees] many obligations which he cannot now requite
SUS/E1/36   14 May 1834
Letter from [Sir] W. [Walter] C. [Calverley] Trevelyan at Nettlecombe near Taunton, happy to be a member, suggests print runs should be 250 to 300 rather than 500, and suggests a manuscript of Bede's Life of Cuthbert in University College Library should be consulted for its potential illustrations for the proposed volume on the History of Reginald, suggesting Sir T. Phillipps of Middle Hill, Broadway, and John Gage esq of Lincoln's Inn as members.
SUS/E1/37   14 May 1834
Letter from L.G. Usher of Chillingham, querying the permanence of the Society after Surtees's personal firends have passed away, antiquarianism is currently not interesting enough to perpetuate the society, acknowledges he is a goth, would rather subscribe to an annual prize or scholarship in Surtees's name, as would others, so £1000 might be raised to ensure £40 per annum
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.8.
SUS/E1/38   14 May 1834
Letter from R.H. Williamson at Hurworth, declining to join “not having the slightest turn for antiquarian lore” and more pressing claims on his funds.
SUS/E1/39   15 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] N.J. Hollingsworth at Boldon rectory sending his subscription to be a member.
SUS/E1/40   15 May [1834]
Letter from Robert Ingham [M.P.] at 13 King's Bench Walk, [London], glad to be a member, suggests strengthening the executive through transferring voting rights otherwise he fears for any manuscript receiving sufficient sanction to be published.
SUS/E1/41   15 May 1834
Letter from David Irving at the Advocates Library, [Edinburgh], happy to be a member, an LLD rather than Rev, discusses the rules, queries a 3 year term for the president, suggests sealed lists for voting, best to leave decisions on manuscripts to Council rather than trying to collect opinions from the membership, a print run of 100 ought to suffice but check with London booksellers.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.12-13.
SUS/E1/42   15 May 1834
Letter from John Pemberton at Sherburn Hall, pleased to be a member, happy with the rules but recommends as few restrictions as possible on people becoming members as numbers help “give permanency & efficiency”.
SUS/E1/43   16 May 1834
Letter from Thomas Baker at Whitburn, does not wish to join as the proposed society is not “a testimony sufficiently direct & personal” to the memory of his friend, and he has no interest in antiquities.
SUS/E1/44   16 May 1834
Letter from [Sir] F. [Francis] Freeling, happy to be a member though he is “little able to further any of the objects” of the proposed society.
SUS/E1/45   16 May 1834
Letter from W. [William] Ward Jackson at Normanby, Stockton-on-Tees, keen to be a member.
SUS/E1/46   16 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] A.J. Scott at Catterick, delighted to be a member and will pay his subscription, grateful to Raine and his brother [John] for the information, hopes to visit Durham and Sedgefield, is an English and Saxon dictionary possible, suggests Lord Tyrconnel as a possible member.
SUS/E1/47   16 May 1834
Letter from [Sir] D. [David] W. Smith sending his subscription.
SUS/E1/48   16 May 1834
Letter from [Sir] J. [John] G. Swinburne at 10 Grosvenor Place, London, happy to be a member, considers the proposed society “more congenial” than “pompous memorials” of “monuments & columns”, sorry to hear of Hodgson's loss of a girl of nearly 17.
SUS/E1/49   17 May 1834
Letter from [Mrs] Sarah A. Blore [wife of Edward Blore] at 62 Welbeck St, [London], on behalf of her husband, just gone to Warwickshire, who is happy to become a member, and will look into the state of affairs re the History of Durham but all the plates have been done for two or three years now, sorry to hear that Mrs Surtees is still feeling her loss, glad that Raine is going to finish the History of Durham, the Miss Petries are still disengaged and Raine may have a chance of a second wife there, her sister was recently staying at the George Wilkinsons in Durham but had no news of Raine, has fond memories of their happy stays at 56 Welbeck St, hopes he might visit.
SUS/E1/50   17 May 1834
Letter from John Trotter Brockett at Newcastle uon Tyne, happy to be a member but cannot attend the meeting, approves of the society but “much must necessarily depend on your Council. Look at real efficiency in selecting them, & avoid the too common error of seeking other qualifications”.
SUS/E1/51   17 May 1834
Letter from John Hogg at 12 King's Bench Walk, Temple, London, supports the idea of a society but cannot be a member as he cannot afford it because of the “depressed state of land & of my rents”, will reconsider if land improves or his legal studies repay, suggests “Surteesian” rather than “Surtees” Society.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.9-10.
SUS/E1/52   17 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] Joseph Hunter at 30 Torrington Square, [London], supports the plan of the society and of publishing texts otherwise known only to a few, approves of the rules and in particular of printing more copies than there are members to enable sales to be made to the general public, something not done by the London and Edinburgh Bibliographical Societies, need somewhere to pay subscirptions in London, Mr Cooper might be a member.
SUS/E1/53   17 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] George Newby at Witton-le-Wear, approves of the proposed “Surtees Club” but will be of little help as it was Surtees's antiquarian character which he was least able to appreciate, but he did much appreciate his “frank integrity of manner and playful humour”, asks how to sequester the living of Witton, now vacant by Hopper's death.
SUS/E1/54   17 May 1834
Letter from [Sir] Thomas Phillips at Middle Hill, [Broadway], happy to support the society but hopes it will print all the historical documents before the “merely moral & religious”, suggests Saxon works, such as the first two proposed, are left to the Anglo-Saxon Society in London and so the Surtees Society should start with the Liber Vitae, recommends publication of Dr Knerden's Collections for Lancashire in Manchester College, points out the discrepancy in the rules between unlimited members but limiting print runs to 500, recommends the society establish its own printing press in Durham.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.15.
SUS/E1/55   17 May 1834
Letter from [Sir] C. [Cuthbert] Sharp, will miss the meeting but would only have suggested limiting the area to the palatinate which has already been rejected so he might as well be absent.
SUS/E1/56   19 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] W. Barnes at Richmond rectory, happy to be a member if it helps, if Raine pays the subscription he will repay him.
SUS/E1/57   19 May 1834
Letter from John Bowes [M.P.] at London, approves of the proposed society and happy to be a member, “no one will cooperate more anxiously” to help it flourish.
SUS/E1/58   19 May 1834
Letter from [Sir] F. [Francis] Freeling asking to be sent no more circulars.
SUS/E1/59   19 May 1834
Letter from [Sir] F. [Frederic] Madden at the British Museum, approves of the society and happy to be a member, will pay his subscription on instruction and provide any assistance he can.
SUS/E1/60   19 May 1834
Letter from [Sir] Samuel R. [Rush] Meyrick at Goodrich Court, Ross, Herefordshire, Surtees never came to see the armour but happy to be a member and pay his subscription, unlikely to make it to Durham but do visit.
SUS/E1/61   19 May 1834
Letter from G. Robinson at Kirk Newton, does not approve of the proposed society, “how few are antiquarians and how few care about the venerable Bede”, rather establish a scholarship at Oxford, would subscribe to that, not a society, and others are of the same opinion.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.8.
SUS/E1/62   20 May 1834
Letter from [Walter Francis 5th duke of] Buccleuch at London, happy to be a member, the proposed publications will be “interesting and highly valuable”.
SUS/E1/63   20 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] George Peacock at Trinity College, [Cambridge], delighted to be a member even if he cannot take part, enquires after [Raine's] “architectural work”, the “Durham Book” is now printing at Cambridge as part of an edition of the Saxon gospels, he has been suffering with influenza, the British Association report is nearly printed, hopes to see him in Edinburgh, discusses the “great excitement about the admission of dissenters”, asks after his sister, hopes to visit, asks about Meldon.
SUS/E1/64   20 May 1834
Letter from [Lord Tyrconnel] at Kiplin, only wants to acquire the published manuscripts which might interest him but happy to pay a subscription if it would help.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.10.
SUS/E1/65   21 May 1834
Letter from W.R. Gilby at Beverley, great admirer of Surtees, but he is too far from Durham and his interests lie elsewhere, hopes the society will prosper.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.6-7.
SUS/E1/66   21 May 1834
Letter from Thomas Thomson at Edinburgh, happy to be a member, has mentioned it to other members of the Ballantyne Club and Mr James Gibson Craig is interested, encourages Raine's own publications.
SUS/E1/67   21 May [1834]
Letter from J. [John] Ward at Saddler St, [Durham], wants to be a member, had hoped to come to the meeting but has been summoned to the House of Lords.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.14.
SUS/E1/68   22 May [1834]
Letter from I. [Ignatius] Bonomi at Upleatham, Guisborough, approving of the society, suggesting that after the initial funds are established the subscription could be reduced to one guinea, happy to be a member.
SUS/E1/69   22 May 1834
Letter from Beriah Notfield [M.P.] at Harrogate, happy to be a member though he has no connection with the defined area, suggests stipulating the annual “production of a certain quantity of printed matter” and giving members the option of compounding for their annual subscription, also “as the society is unlimited” queries “reviving an obsolete line of territorial demarcation”, would appreciate a report on the meeting to be sent to Norton Hill, Daventry.
SUS/E1/70   22 May 1834
Letter from [Henry Vane 4th earl of] Darlington at 40 Upper Brook St, [London], accepts the honour of being a member.
SUS/E1/71   22 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] W.S. Gilly at Norham vicarage, cannot be at the meeting but “as a member of the body who are the conservators of so many valuable mss” keen to be involved “as supporter, contributor, subscriber or operative.”
SUS/E1/72   22 May 1834
Letter from Alexander Sinclair at 133 George St, Edinburgh, had the highest respect for Surtees but declines to be a member of the proposed society.
SUS/E1/73   22 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] R. [Ralph] Tatham at London, proud to be a member, first met Surtees 45 years ago, sends condolences to Mrs Surtees.
SUS/E1/74   22 May 1834
Letter from Robert Weddell at Berwick-upon-Tweed, happy to be a member, the Scalachronica is to be published by the Maitland Club, hopes the History of Reginald will be one of Surtees's first publications.
SUS/E1/75   23 May 1834
Letter from [Edward Backhouse] at Sunderland, declines to be a member but wishes the society every success.
SUS/E1/76   23 May 1834
Letter from James Baker at Nuneham Courtenay, apologises for the delay in answering but he is busy looking after his invalid boy by reading to him, declines becoming a member after the failure of his bankers and his consequent loss of £3000, pleased about the surrogate at Ponteland as he had been troubled by Mr Furness's importunity, will withhold Mr Dodd's wish to be a surrogate at Newcastle, sure that the Registry Bill's discomfiture will bring some quiet.
SUS/E1/77   23 May 1834
Letter from Antony Hedley at Chesterholme, wishes the society well but poverty means he cannot be a member.
SUS/E1/78   23 May 1834
Letter from [Ven] H. [Henry] J. Todd, [archdeacon of Cleveland], at London, explaining the lateness of his letter (having to prepare his annual sermon at the Chapel Royal), proud to be a member, hopes Mr Rayson will pay his subscription, hopes to come to Durham as he has a grandson coming to Durham School, would like him to see his books at Settrington.
SUS/E1/79   23 May [1834]
Letter from [Ven] F. [Francis] Wrangham, [archdeacon of the East Riding], at 1 Wilton Crescent, [London], happy to be a member, suggests printing members' names on the reverse of the title page of publications.
SUS/E1/80   24 May 1834
Letter from William Bentham at Upper Gower St, [London], happy to be a member, suggests Baron Bolland, John Morice and Sir Francis Freeling also, sends regards to his friends at Aykley Heads.
SUS/E1/81   24 May 1834
Letter from J. Armstrong for J. Blackwell and Co at Courant Office, Newcastle upon Tyne, being an estimate for printing 500 copies, discussing type and paper.
SUS/E1/82   24 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] John Brewster at Egglescliffe, happy to be a member though age means that will probably not be for long.
SUS/E1/83   24 May [1834]
Letter from [Rt Rev Dr John] Briggs at Ushaw College, accepting the invitation to become a member.
SUS/E1/84   24 May 1834
Letter from Thomas Hopper at Durham asking to be a member.
SUS/E1/85   24 May 1834
Letter from R.C. Sherwood at Cheltenham, happy to become a member of an institution which “reflects distinguished honour” on his “lamented relation”, had delayed writing to allow a report on his sister's health which is stilll susceptible to cold and a cough, William goes to London via Oxford to sort out the affairs of his brother Tom who died on 30 April, Mary ought to refuse the annuity.
SUS/E1/86   24 May 1834
Letter from Henry Smales at 50 Bishophill, York, would contribute to a monument or mural tablet to Surtees in Durham cathedral, as would “many of the late Mr Surtees' friends who are not literary characters”.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.9.
SUS/E1/87   25 May 1834
Letter from Thomas Clennell at Dinsdale Hotel, [Darlington], happy to be a member, will call on his way through Durham to Northumberland to transact any necessary business re the society.
SUS/E1/88   26 May 1834
Letter from William Mills, approves of the plans for the society, sends a cheque on Sir William Chaytor's bank.
SUS/E1/89   26 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] T. Riddell at Barnard Castle, cannot attend the meeting but hopes to make the next one, cannot send his subscription as Monkhouse the banker is not in town.
SUS/E1/90   26 May 1834
Letter from [Rev] W. Wilson, rector, at Wolsingham, keen to be a member, pleased [Raine] is completing the History of Durham to which he is a subscriber.
SUS/E1/91   [before 27 May 1834]
Letter from John Adamson, sending two copies of his paper, agrees with what he may adopt at the meeting and asks him to pay his subscription which he will repay.
SUS/E1/92   28 May 1834
Letter from [Rt Rev] T. [Thomas Burgess bishop of] Salisbury at the Palace, Salisbury, reluctant “to become a member of a new society so late in life”, but supports its objects.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.10.
SUS/E1/93   [28 May 1834]
Letter from [Rev] William Raine correcting his entry on the list of subscribers to vicar of Kirk Leavington.
SUS/E1/94   28 May 1834
Letter from Patrick Fraser Tytler at 36 Melville St, Edinburgh, declines to be a member as he is already a member of the Bannatyne and Maitland Clubs and the Society of Antiquaries, happy to further the society's objects if he can.
SUS/E1/95   28 May 1834
Letter from W.H. Whatton at Manchester, declines to be a member as has joined enough societies already for his pocket.
SUS/E1/96   2 June 1834
Letter from C.R. Cameron at Snedshill, Shifnal, glad to b a member, hopes to transmit his subscription when he goes to Lincolnshire.
SUS/E1/97   3 June 1834
Letter from [Sir] William Lawson at Brough Hall, [Westmorland], hopes he can still be an original member, though he has only just returned from the south.
SUS/E1/98   9 June 1834
Letter from [Rev] W.S. Gilly at Norham, congratulations on the Surtees Club being “so nobly supported”, are Rose, Jenkyns and Peele to be members, asks of “the result of the scrutiny into the MS closet” and who were “the scrutators”, asks after the club's business since formation, he has been on an excursion towards Warkworth of 18 churches and 18 castles, towers or abbeys.
SUS/E1/99a   12 June 1834
Letter from [Rev] T. [Thomas] H. Yorke at Bishop Middleham, sending the next (99b) and asking if the writer can be a member, he is a solicitor known to Mrs Yorke's relatives, Yorke will contact him if Raine can supply the paperwork.
SUS/E1/99b   9 June 1834
Letter from John W. McKenzie at 19 Scotland St, Edinburgh, to Rev T.H. Yorke at Bishop Middleham, “affected with the antiquarian mania”, asks if Yorke could ask Raine if he can join the Surtees Club, already a member of the Bannatyne Club, hopes this does not cause any trouble.
SUS/E1/100   26 June 1834
Letter from Joseph Frank at Stockton, has forwarded the Surtees Society circulars, hopes he may take “Mr Ritson's works” for the library.
Notes of original members' on the back.
SUS/E1/101   [26 June 1834]
Letter from [Rev] E. [Edwin] Guest at 4 King's Bench Walk, Temple, [London], he has forwarded his circulars to the university clubs and the Athenaeum librarian, drained by sessions and the circuit but suggests Gilbert Henderson and Thomas Turner as members with some details on their backgrounds.
SUS/E1/102   27 June 1834
Letter from Michael Jones at London, received a copy of the resolutions of the 27 April meeting, would like to become a member, can see no mention of a banker [to send a subscripton to].
SUS/E1/103   28 June 1834
Letter from Lt Col James Cookson of Witton Hall, Bishop Auckland, as an old school friend of Surtees, would like to become a member of the Surtees Society.
SUS/E1/104   [28 June 1834]
Letter from [Sir] Thomas Phillips at the Athenaeum, flattered to be a vice-president, suggests accepting Mr Dunham's offer of a joint share of the press, Madden reports that the Society's proposed No2 publication is already being published so there is no need to publish it again, the proposed No1 ought to be published as soon as possible, should share the press 6 months each, with some flexibility, discusses the rates of printing and type to be used, cannot see “history” or “historical” in the proposed list of publications otherwise he would have recommended the earliest Acta Episcoporum for publication, also suggests visitation and church court records, suggests maximum print runs of 250 to control costs, as one can always reprint.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.16-17.
SUS/E1/105   4 July 1834
Letter from [Mrs] Sarah A. Blore at 62 Welbeck St, [London], Mr Petrie wishes to become a member, discusses the plates for the History of the Durham on behalf of her husband, Mrs Surtees has paid £80 for them but still owes £200, hopes to see him in town, enjoyed the musical festival at Westminster abbey with Mr Peacock, Mrs Page and family are well.
SUS/E1/106   4 July 1834
Letter from [Sir] W. [Walter] C. [Calverley] Trevelyan at the Athenaeum, Pall Mall, [London], Mr Gage would like to be a member, asks if Raine would like to become a member of the Antiquarian Society in Copenhagen.
SUS/E1/107   5 July 1834
Letter from David Irving at the Advocates Library, [Edinburgh], his library already has a copy of [Rud's] catalogue, not sure any of his manuscripts might be suitable for a publication of the Society, discusses the press and considers Mr Dunham may have underestimated the labour involved, lives of Alfred and James I of Scotland would be desirable, corrects some of the names listed including the president.
SUS/E1/108   6 July 1834
Letter from H. Bower at Doncaster, gratified to be asked to be a member but declining property values means he cannot afford such “luxuries of literature”, reports on his nephews, formerly in Raine's care, Wilmer Watkins (surgeon in Bombay), Arthur Jackson (to be ordained deacon), and George Jackson (Bengal army cavalry officer).
SUS/E1/109   9 July 1834
Letter from George Hartley at Middleton Lodge to I. [Ignatius] Bonomi at Durham, apologising for not writing sooner re the Surtees Society but has been busy on military and farming matters, now declines to become a member.
With a note from Bonomi on the back forwarding it to Raine.
SUS/E1/110   11 July 1834
Letter from John Gough Nichols, honoured by his post [of treasurer] and awaits instructions, has already given a receipt to Edwin Guest, has forwarded the packets, suggests Mr Ormerod as a member, had done a piece on the Society for the Gentleman's Magazine but it has yet to appear, discusses the printing of Raine's texts, corrects his name in the membership list.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.20-21.
SUS/E1/111   13 July 1834
Letter from [Rev] John Lingard at Norby, [Lancashire], grateful to be a vice-president but unlikely to be able to attend much, will get Mr Walker of Ushaw to pay his subscription.
SUS/E1/112   15 July 1834
Letter from Beriah Botfield at St Leonard on Sea, will pay his subscription when he passes through Durham en route to the next British Association meeting in Edinburgh, hopes the Society will rival the Bannatyne and Maitland, hopes also to examine the Chapter Library more minutely, and especially the monastic library catalogue.
SUS/E1/113   15 July 1834
Letter from James Gordon at Richmond, would like to be a member but cannot afford it, instead offers his services as a transcriber, competent in all languages except Anglo-Saxon, cannot stay in Durham but happy to visit, has appeared in the Gentleman's Magazine and others, known to Mr Tate and Mr Barnes, the rector.
SUS/E1/114   16 July 1834
Letter from [Walter Francis 5th duke of] Buccleuch at Longleat, Warminster, “most highly flattered and much gratified” at being the first “triennial president” and will “forward the views and prosperity” of the Society.
SUS/E1/115   29 July 1834
Letter from [Sir] J. [John] G. Swinburne at Capheaton, has sent the packet to Mr Hodgson, his growing deafness means he cannot be much help, not sure to whom to pay his subscription.
SUS/E1/116   2 August 1834
Letter from Alexander Nicholson at Ufford, Suffolk, read of the Society in the Gentleman's Magazine, would like a copy of the rules, has the histories of Durham and North Durham, has an affinity with the area being from a family from the Tweed.
SUS/E1/117   2 August 1834
Letter from [Ven] H. [Henry] J. Todd, [archdeacon of Cleveland], at Settrington, introducing his son-in-law, Mr Walker, rector of Slingsby, who will pay his subscription, would be happy to receive him in Yorkshire.
SUS/E1/118   25 August 1834
Letter from [Mrs] A. [Anne] Surtees at Mainsforth to Robert Allan at Durham, asking for copies of the circulars on the Society.
With a note from Allan forwarding the letter to Raine.
SUS/E1/119   26 August 1834
Letter from Alexander Nicholson at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, repeating his request for a copy of the rules.
With a cancelled note by Allan that the rules were sent on 1 September.
SUS/E1/120   28 August 1834
Letter from Alexander Nicholson at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, grateful for the rules, would like to be a member, already a member of the Society of Antiquaries in London and Edinburgh, discussing his connection with Loanend, changed his name from Mr Innes in 1821 on the death of a maternal uncle, will send him a copy of his genealogy when he returns to Ufford.
SUS/E1/121   20 September 1834
Letter from William Bentham at Upper Gower St, London, complimenting him on his Catterick Church volume (1834), proposes John Fowden Hinckle of Woodfold Park, Lancashire, as a member, offers genealogical information on the Bacon and Foster families for his completion of the History of Durham.
SUS/E1/122   4 November 1834
Letter from [Rev] Joseph Hunter at 30 Torrington Squre, [London], gratified to be a vice-president, hopes he can be useful in London, paid his and Mr Cooper's subscription to Mr Nichols, discusses and describes Lincoln's Inn Hales MS [114], he is cataloguing the Hales mss which have had restrictions on their use so they are little known, has its rhyming life of St Cuthbert been edited, would like to exchange a copy of his Hallamshire for Raine's St Cuthbert.
SUS/E1/123a   [?November 1834]
Letter from [Rev] T. [Thomas] H. York forwarding the next, saying Mr McKenzie, if admitted, would like copies of the Society's minutes
SUS/E1/123b   4 November 1834
Letter signed by David Irving, Thomas Thomson and [Rev] T. [Thomas] H. Yorke recommending John Whiteford McKenzie as a member.
SUS/E1/124   [10 November 1834]
Letter from [Rev] Francis A. Faber at Magdalen College, [Oxford], reporting that Plumptre has searched University College library in vain for a copy of “Reginald of Durham”.
SUS/E1/125   24 November 1834
Letter from [Rev] Francis A. Faber at Magdalen College, [Oxford], thanks to Raine's amended description the manuscript [Reginald of Durham] has now been found, discusses its transportation to Durham, Plumptre will write asking for information about William of Durham, congratulations on John [Raine's] preferment.
SUS/E1/126   3 December 1834
Letter from [Sir] William Chaytor at Witton Castle, cannot spare the book as it is to be repaired.
SUS/E1/127   [4 December 1834]
Letter from [Rev] S. [Samuel] Gamlen at Heighington, cannot keep his appointment today as he has a wedding and a funeral.
SUS/E1/128   8 December [1834]
Letter from [Rev] Francis A. Faber at Magdalen College, Oxford, reporting the book's expected arrival in Durham, could Mr Humble stop his Advertiser.
SUS/E1/129a   28 December 1834
Letter from G. [George] Taylor at Willington, enclosing the next.
SUS/E1/129b   24 December 1834
Letter from G. [George] S. Faber, [master of] Sherburn House, to George Taylor at Willington, Mr Bamford will deliver the will, Raine should come and inspect the [Hospital's] records but only those “purely antiquarian” may be published, business records must not be published nor mentioned, discusses a deed of Bishop Philip of Poitou sent to him by Mr Stillingfleet, will accept his invitation further into the summer, reports and draws his repair of the refectory chimney, his military son is at Sandhurst, Frederic has a scholarship to University College, Mrs Faber has written to Mrs Taylor explaining in greater detail why they could not visit.
SUS/E1/130   30 December 1834
Letter from John Gough Nichols, he ought to render some account of his stewardship, lists those who have paid, please send more copy of North Durham, congratulations on [John Raine's] preferment.
SUS/E2   1834 - 1873, mostly 1835
File of inletters to the secretary, James Raine, unless otherwise indicated, discussing publications, reporting absences from meetings, proposing new members and sending subscriptions. With some printed circulars and reports of the Society.
SUS/E2/1   30 January 1835
Letter from James Gordon at Richmond, Mr Tomlin is happy for him to copy anything but he says that there are no wills in Sherwode's register, discusses the expansion of abbreviations in the proposed Reginald volume, and the despatch of the conveyance by the mail coach or the Leeds Joint Stock coach, Thomas Tate to be curate at Stanwick, Mr Leefe's son is 24th wrangler, grateful for his attention in Durham.
SUS/E2/2   9 February 1835
Letter from James Gordon at Richmond, will send the first part of Reginald by the Telegraph [coach], Mr Tomlin reports the Yorkshire wills are indexed but not the Lancashire ones which are more interesting, discusses his transcribing conventions in Reginald, who “is really an amusing old fellow”.
SUS/E2/3   10 February 1835
Letter from James Gordon, discussing his [Reginald] text.
SUS/E2/4   [?13 February 1835]
Letter from James Gordon, discussing the transcription of Haliweresfolc and the index [in Reginald].
SUS/E2/5   19 February 1835
Letter from James Gordon at Richmond, sending the last part of Reginald by the Telegraph coach, failed to elicit any wills for copying from Mr Tomlin, Mr Barnes has paid his subscription.
SUS/E2/6   1 April 1835
Letter from James Gordon at Richmond, arrangements for getting to Durham, Mr Barnes's tithe question is to be tried at York.
SUS/E2/7   14 April 1835
Letter from James Gordon at Richmond, licensed as a notary public at Stockton which should allay [Durham] dean and chapter fears about the “catalogue” being entrusted to someone from outside Co Durham, details about St Trinian's which Mr Dunham might rent, Mr Tomlin has put him off again about the wills, disputes a reading of Reginald, costs of getting “the sheets from Newcastle”, grateful for the Crook Hall hospitality which Cuthbert would have appreciated.
SUS/E2/8   20 - 22 May 1835
Letter from James Gordon at Richmond, he has finished the indexes, and is working on the glossary, he has still extracted no wills from Mr Tomlin who accepts the blame for the delay, Mr Barnes requests books to be bought and advice on a tour of Scotland, discusses Kirkcudbright in Reginald and the meaning of minaria, returns the sheets, will retain the Anglo-Saxon grammar further for his own instruction.
SUS/E2/9   11 July 1835
Letter from James Gordon at Richmond, explaining his absence from the Society meeting, he has not met with Mr Barnes recently so he may be absent also.
SUS/E2/10   21 January 1835
Letter from William Bentham at Upper Gower St, [London], glad the Society is thriving, his friend Sir Henry Ellis of the British Museum suggests 5 possible [detailed] manuscripts for publication, he will transcribe whichever he selects, suggests extending the Society's limits to ensure material of sufficient interest in future.
SUS/E2/11   10 April 1835
Letter of William Bentham of Upper Gower St, [London], transcribing Sir Henry Ellis's letter to him of 9 April 1835 reporting a discussion with Mr Collier who can “readily point out one of the best mysteries which will suit this purpose” as he has the Towneley manuscripts in his house, supplies contact details for Bentham at Southampton.
SUS/E2/12   5 May 1835
Letter from William Bentham at Upper Gower St, [London], asking if he had received his letter about a book for the Society, sends his transcript of the Townley mysteries as a possible first publication for the Society to which Raine might add a preface, if not suitable please return for the British Museum.
SUS/E2/13   9 July 1835
Letter from Wiliam Bentham at Upper Gower St, [London], his friend Dr John Whittaker, vicar of Blackburn, Lancs, wishes to be a member of the Society, offers Westholm prints and a Bacon of Capheaton pedigree for his continuation of the History of Durham, has had a copy of his Catterick Church“beautifully illustrated”.
SUS/E2/14   2 January 1835
Letter from J. Blackwell at the Courant Office, Newcastle upon Tyne, the new type for the Surtees Society printing has yet to arrive but they will make up for lost time when it comes.
SUS/E2/15   5 January 1835
Letter from I. [Ignatius] Bonomi, sending his subscription and suggesting it might be more worthwile to publish English rather than Latin manuscripts as better “conveying the modes of expression & language” of the locals.
SUS/E2/16   7 January 1835
Letter from Beriah Botfield at London asking Raine to seek the Durham dean and chapter's permission to transcribe the monastic library catalogues - half of whose cost he will defray - for the Society to publish, suggests Rev Thomas Hill Lowe, precentor at Exeter cathedral, as a member.
SUS/E2/17   10 January 1835
Letter from J. Blackwell at the Courant Office, Newcastle upon Tyne, the type has arrived and he can now print if he will send copy and instructions.
SUS/E2/18   17 January 1835
Letter from [Rev] John Brewster at Egglescliffe rectory, sending his subscription and commending the first publication as “very judicious”.
SUS/E2/19   31 January 1835
Letter from Robert Weddell at Berwick-upon-Tweed, enquiring after progress with the History [of Durham] and the Surtees Society, and where to send his subscription to.
SUS/E2/20   8 February 1835
Letter from [Sir] J. [John] G. Swinburne at Capheaton, asking how to pay his subscription, he lost a valuable friend in Hedley.
SUS/E2/21   11 February 1835
Letter from William Woodman at Morpeth, Lord Carlisle wishes to know the cost of printing 100 copies of the 300 page Newminster cartulary in the Surtees Society style, and if he does not print, Woodman will try to secure it for the Surtees Society.
SUS/E2/22   17 February 1835
Letter from [Sir] William Chaytor at Witton Castle, discussing Raine's visit.
SUS/E2/23   [February 1835]
Letter from James Hamilton at North Bailey, [Durham], he has resolved to transcribe Reginald if Raine will help him with difficulties, please call.
SUS/E2/24   10 March 1835
Letter from [Sir] Charles Edward Grey, at The Oaks, to G. Appleby, apologises for not answering his letter but he was away in Wales as his sister had died, happy to join the Surtees Society as he admires and is keen to meet Raine.
SUS/E2/25   14 March 1835
Letter from Henry Turner at Heaton Hall, will send [his transcript of] “the Old M.S. Life of St Cuthbert with the copy of the poem”, with gaps at doubtful readings for Raine's insertion, has omitted “stops”, the back of the manuscript fell off and needs replacing as it is worm eaten, Raine assigned a fortnight [for transcription] but he took a month.
SUS/E2/26   19 March 1835
Letter from Thomas Willement at Green St, [London], discussing the wood-cut for the Surtees Society crest, happy to be a member.
SUS/E2/27   24 March 1835
Letter from Francis Mewburn at Darlington, proposing John Church Backhouse as a member.
SUS/E2/28   28 April 1835
Letter from John Gough Nichols at 25 Parliament St, [London], has written to the members as marked, and has received the wood-block crest from the enrgaver Mr Byfield.
SUS/E2/29   2 May 1835
Letter from [Rev] George Ornsby, Durham, proposing Samuel Astley Dunham and George Shaw esq as members.
SUS/E2/30   20 May 1835
Letter from [Rev] Joseph Stevenson at the Record Office, the Tower, [London], discussing the “Vita Oswini” [Cotton] Julius A.X - not printed before, the Holm cartulary - copy done for William Dickson of Alnwick, Reginald [of Durham] Harley 4383 - its age and history, and reporting progress on his edition of “Scalacronica”, he has been appointed a sub-commissioner of public records.
SUS/E2/31   26 May 1835
Letter from Beriah Botfield at Norton Hall, [Daventry], there is no rush to send the manuscript to Daventry as he may be in Dublin at a scientific reunion, grateful for the permission to transcibe the monastic [library] catalogues, asks him to suggest “any work likely to throw light upon my darkness as regards the middle ages” as he is fearful of making “but a sorry editor to the Surteesian volume”, [George] Baker's [ History of the County of Northampton] fourth part is in the press.
SUS/E2/32   8 June 1835
Letter from David Irving at the Advocates Library, Edinburgh, proposing John B. Gracie as a member, hopes the Society prospers and will soon have a publication, sorry he saw so little of the secretary but his family was “in sea-bathing quarters” [?in Leith] at the time of the Edinburgh meeting.
SUS/E2/33   15 June 1835
Letter from [Rev] Samuel Gamlen at Heighington, annoyed to have missed the meeting and would have appreciated being told of its change but [Raine's] note was not forwarded on, his London business was finished in time, hopes he did not cause Dr Scott and Anthony Cumby to be absent as well.
SUS/E2/34   27 June 1835
Letter from David Irving at the Advocates Library, [Edinburgh], proposing David Laing and James Maidment as members, hopes to send him Memorials of George Bannantyne and the first Transactions of the Iona Club.
SUS/E2/35   2 July 1835
Letter from [Rev] George Townsend at Northallerton vicarage, asking, “in great haste”, when the Society next meets.
SUS/E2/36   5 July 1835
Letter from John Trotter Brockett at Newcastle upon Tyne, hoping to attend [the meeting] and dine.
SUS/E2/37   9 July 1835
Letter from Leonard Raisbeck at Stockton, was not aware he was a member but he will send his subscription, he probably will not be at the meeting.
SUS/E2/38   11 July [1835]
Letter from [Rev] T. [Thomas] Riddell at Barnard Castle, cannot attend the meeting as he has to be at the Missionary Association in Barnard.
SUS/E2/39   11 July 1835
Letter from [Sir] William Lawson at Brough Hall, [Westmorland], hopes to attend the meeting and dinner.
SUS/E2/40   [July 1835]
Letter from [Rev] Anthony Cumby [at Catterick], sends his subscription, but cannot attend the meeting and will pay his fine if there is one.
SUS/E2/41   [before 14 July 1835]
Letter from [Sir] C. [Cuthbert] S. [Sharp], proposing Charles Purton Cooper esq and Samuel Bentley esq as members, reports the unsuccessful trip of some antiquarians to Sweden, coming to Durham on a “Mason day” soon, forwards a parcel from Mr Howard of one copy for the Surtees Society and one for Raine.
SUS/E2/42   14 July 1835
Letter from [Rev] George Newby at Stockton vicarage, mortified that Charnley's parcel was not opened sooner so he could not get to Durham, advocates completing “the County History” else “we shall not be worthy the name we bear”, extolls Surtees's merits (“his honest-hearted soul inspiring humour”), which “made the old forget his rheumaticks”.
SUS/E2/43   21 July 1835
Letter from [Rev] William Raine at Worsall Hall, gives his excuse for missing the meeting, arrangements for his and his brother C.'s subscriptions and any publications, Raine is most welcome to visit for “a little very quiet country air”.
SUS/E2/44   [27 July 1835]
Letter from [Rev] Samuel Gamlen at Heighington, discusses arrangements for a meeting, problems of “riding with the thermometer at 140, or thereabouts”, favours a “liberally low price” for the books, especially as the first of a series.
SUS/E2/45   [?10 or 17 July 1835]
Letter from James Hamilton at North Bailey, [Durham], sending “the sheets of Reginald”, shamed to have kept the “camera lucida” so long, will write “a critique of Reginald” which can be inserted, going on holiday, do not forget Coldingham if he goes north.
SUS/E2/46   6 August 1835
Letter from J. Armstrong for J. Blackwell and Co at the Courant Office, Newcastle upon Tyne, has 100 copes of the first Surtees Society volume to be disposed of.
SUS/E2/47   14 August 1835
Letter from J. [John] H. [Harrison] Aylmer at Walworth Castle to Francis Mewburn at Darlington, delighted to become a member, forwarded by Mewburn to Raine 15 August 1835.
SUS/E2/48   12 October 1835
Letter from Henry Howard at Featherstone Castle, proposing Lord Wallace as a member.
SUS/E2/49   26 October [1835]
Letter from [Rev] John Lingard, delighted with the two volumes he received but notes many errors in the Reginald text, proposes Robert Segar as a member.
SUS/E2/50   11 July 1836
Letter from [Rev] A.J. Scott at Catterick, cannot make the meeting after “an influenza attack of coughing & expectoration”, with his subscription and a letter for Mr Tatham.
SUS/E2/51   [June 1834]
Draft/copy letter from James Raine to [Thomas Burgess] bishop of Salisbury, sending a report of the meeting (not present) and indicating the healthy state of the membership. With a sketch of a porch/gateway on the back.
SUS/E2/52   29 December 1834
Draft/copy letter from James Raine to Sir William Chaytor, berating his refusal to loan the Clervaux Book, saying his reason “might have done for children but not for the body to which you and I belong and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to throw your letter into the fire”. Including a printed notice for members to recommend any manuscripts for publication, and detailing the manuscripts to be published and the relevant Society rules, annotated with the number of members and candidates.
SUS/E2/53   [30 May 1834]
Durham Advertiser newspaper cutting describing the first meeting of “a Literary Society ... in honor of the late Robert Surtees” and listing all those present.
SUS/E2/54a-b   [?1835]
2 copies of a printed circular letter requesting recommendations of manuscripts for publication with the relevant Society rules.
As in SUS/E2/52 above.
SUS/E2/55a-b   [?1835]
2 copies of a printed notice by J. [James] F. R. [Raine]recommending to members the merits of publishing a second volume of Wills and Inventories.
SUS/E2/56   1842
Printed Surtees Society rules, lists of publications, works in the press, officers, and members, including those recently elected or deceased, a report, and accounts for 1837-1842. Printed by J. Blackwell and Co, Newcastle.
SUS/E2/57a-b   [?1843]
2 copies of a printed circular letter [from James Raine] requesting the payment of subscriptions which have fallen into arrears.
SUS/E2/58a-b   4 September 1843
2 copies of a printed circular letter from James Raine advertising the ninth anniversary meeting at Ward's Waterloo Hotel.
SUS/E2/59a-b   [?1873]
2 copies of a circular letter offering early volumes of the Society's publication free to public libraries and institutions on condition that they become subscribers henceforth.
SUS/E2/60a-b   [1835]
2 copies of a review of Reginaldi Monachi Dunelmensis, reprinted from The Atlas by J. Blackwell and Co, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
SUS/E2/61   23 October 1835
The Atlas No.545, Vol.XI, containing a review of The Towneley Mysteries (Surtees Society 2, 1835) at p.678-679.
SUS/E3   1834-1849
File of John Gough Nichols (1806-1873) as one of the treasurers of the Surtees Society comprising in-letters to him, some drafts of replies, and some printed circulars and advertisements. Most concern his role in the Society which comprised, firstly as treasurer, collecting subscriptions and arrears from members in the London area and dealing otherwise with the Society's finances in liaison with the Durham treasurer (R.H. Allan, then William Greenwell, then William Henderson) and the secretary (James Raine), and also secondly as a leading member of the firm of publishers and printers based at 25 Parliament St, Westminster, being responsible for the printing, binding and despatch of several of the Society's publications. His firm of Messrs Nichols and Son was widely involved with the antiquarian community, and subscriptions to and the production of Camden Society and Gentleman's Magazine volumes also feature, as does J.G. Nichols's father John Bowyer Nichols (1779-1863). Particular topics include the sale of Robert Surtees's effects at Mainsforth by his widow Anne Surtees and the financial crises of the Society in 1842 over payments for editing and in 1847-1848 when the new Durham treasurer William Henderson sought vigorously to resolve the Society's financial chaos.
Paper, guarded and filed in boards titled “Surtees Society Papers”   451f (266 items)
SUS/E3/1   [1842]
Printed circular from the secretary listing volumes published and in the press and requesting subscription arrears, with extracts from the reports for 1841 and 1842.
SUS/E3/2   18 October 1842
Draft letters [from J.G. Nichols] to [James Raine] and Mr Allan discussing the Society's finances, with extracts from the rules.
SUS/E3/3   [1842]
Draft statement of the accounts from 1837 with charges for transcribing and editing, including also extracts from the rules.
SUS/E3/4   3 October 1842
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall, Durham, to J.G. Nichols at London reporting on the late meeting that the Society was “not defunct” despite members' non-payment of subscriptions, a committee will meet on 19 October to audit the accounts and prepare a report, when two volumes will be out, he needs a post office order for a present for Garter, and he sends two pieces of wit for the [Gentleman's] Magazine.
SUS/E3/5   5 October 1842
Draft letter from J.G. Nichols at London to R.H. Allan querying the authorisation for the large sums for editing in the accounts and the purchase of Ducange.
SUS/E3/6   7 October 1842
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to John Gough Nichols at London justifying his payment of the sums for editing as by resolution of the Society's meeting, and reporting his resignation as treasurer, and the numbers at and notices of Council meetings, suggesting he writes to Raine.
SUS/E3/7   8 October 1842
Copy letters from J.G. Nichols at London to Mr Raine asking for copies of the meeting resolutions authorising payments for editing and to Mr Allan querying a payment for transcribing the Finchale volume and regretting he himself has not resigned since a printed report “was first neglected to be made” in 1838.
SUS/E3/9   10 October 1842
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to J.G. Nichols at London saying he would continue to account up to September 1843 and asking for his details of sales of books up to September 1841.
SUS/E3/10   13 October 1842
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall, Durham, to J.G. Nichols at London saying he will reply when he has conferred with Mr Allan who is away.
SUS/E3/11   15 October 1842
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall, Durham, to [J.G. Nichols] quoting Allan's resignation as treasurer from the minute book and the resolutions about payments for editing.
SUS/E3/12   18 October 1842
Copy letter from J.G. Nichols to Mr Raine querying the charges for editing as not being allowed for under the Society's laws, pointing out the lack of annual accounts from 1838 and hoping his letter might arrive in tme for the impending Council at which he wishes to request the deferring of the auditing of the accounts.
SUS/E3/13   19 October 1842
Copy letter from J.G. Nichols to Mr Allan suggesting they make up all their accounts to September 1842 and that he would be grateful for a report on any resolution from Council on the accounts.
SUS/E3/14   21 October 1842
Letter from R.H. Allan at Durham to J.G. Nichols at London agreeing it would be good to audit the accounts to September 1842, reporting on the number of subscriptions received, and that Council postponed auditing the accounts as an auditor was absent, asking if could he send statements of book sales, he has not paid Blackwell's printing bill as part would have had to come out of his own pocket, Raine is writing to him.
SUS/E3/15   22 October 1842
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall to J.G. Nichols at London reporting the resolution of Council to send Nichols extracts from Council minutes about monies paid in advance to editors being in accordance with Society rules, and saying that any absence of annual reports was due to members' failure to pay subscriptions in advance.
SUS/E3/16   2 April 1834
Letter from Thomas Marsden at Durham to Mrs Surtees at Mainsforth reporting on her securities, his wife's poor health, their sorrow at her loss, and their departure soon to their country residence.
SUS/E3/17   22 August 1834
Letter from Anne Surtees at Mainsforth to J.G. Nichols at London asking about the finances for volume 4 of the History of Durham as Mr Raine has not written as she had asked, hopes his father is well and that he might visit “but the attraction of Mainsforth is gone - the casket remains but the jewel I trust is set in a Crown of Glory”, asks after the share of the Tontine of 1789.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society, 150 (1939), p.21-22.
SUS/E3/18   10 November 1834
Letter from William John Robinson at the Strand, London, to John Nichols at London asking for a copy of the Surtees Society prospectus.
SUS/E3/19   1835
Draft of an article promoting records publications in general and the Society in particular, and discussing the two volumes so far then published.
SUS/E3/20   7 January 1835
Letter from James Raine to J.G. Nichols asking him to promote the Society through the enclosed circular, more copy for North Durham will follow, grateful for his congratulations on his brother [John Raine]'s preferment which has enabled him to collect much historical information on his church already.
SUS/E3/21   30 March 1835
Letter from J. Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols about Mr Hunter's offer of his Hallamshire in exchange for his St Cuthbert, discusses Society subscribers, and he needs another copy of the Forster pedigree as Mr Bentham as made so many additions.
SUS/E3/22   13 April 1835
Letter from John Byfield to Messrs Nichols about a bill for drawing and engraving a coat of arms.
SUS/E3/23   20 April 1835
Letter from Anthony Salvin at 32 Somerset St to John Gough Nichols saying he had paid his Society subscription to Mr Allan.
SUS/E3/24   13 May 1835
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols at London asking him to send payment for the Society woodcut by Mrs Surtees, staying in London, along with the Nicholson pedigree.
SUS/E3/25   11 June 1835
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols at London asking him to send the woodcut by post as he has not heard from Mrs Surtees and it is needed for the first two volumes' title pages.
SUS/E3/26   24 August 1835
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols at London asking for the loan for Mr Dunham of Nichols' manuscript of the Chester Mysteries, he should soon be receiving copies of Reginald and Wills and Inventories for the London members
SUS/E3/27   4 September 1835
Letter from Alexander Nicholson at Ufford to J.G. Nichols at London sending his subscription and payment for Horsfield's Sussex, and asking to be sent the Society's published volumes which he will pay for.
SUS/E3/28   7 October 1835
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols telling him he has sent volumes for distribution to London members and asking him to send on enclosed letters, also discussing the sale, prices and marketing (with a copy advertisement) of the published volumes, Prof Hamilton is doing a review of Reginald for the Gentleman's Magazine, and also asking him to pay Mr Stevenson for transcribing a British Museum manuscript.
SUS/E3/29   15 October 1835
Letter from James Raine to J.G. Nichols returning poor Surtees's last sheet which “has led to a train of very melancholy recollections” and discussing corrections, problems with the Newcastle Courant press, he has yet to see the review of Prof Hamilton who does not always keep his promise but it will be long enough for two numbers, sends a parcel of two woodcuts for Mr Dunham.
SUS/E3/30   20 October 1835
Letter from Alexander Nicholson at Ufford sending payment for the two Society volumes.
SUS/E3/31   25 October 1835
Letter from Lord Montagu at Coldstream to J.G. Nichols enclosing his subscription arrears.
SUS/E3/32   23 November 1835
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols asking him to have the enclosed autograph cut and to let the universities have their Society volumes bound, he will write soon re London subscriptions, he does not need the Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica numbers, copy for Farne islands will be on the way, arrangements for material from Mr Stevenson and Prof Hamilton's review, interested in his paper on the Sackvilles.
SUS/E3/33   18 February 1836
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols re the supply of Society volumes, Prof Hamilton's review, the “treasures at York” are “thrown open”, and sending copy for the Farne Islands.
SUS/E3/34   10 March 1836
Letter from Joseph Stevenson at the Tower to John G. Nichols about the non-payment of his subscription by Mr Weddell.
SUS/E3/35   1 April 1836
Printed circular from James Raine at Crook Hall, Durham, proposing to change the date of the anniversary, increase the number of vice-presidents and add an under-secretary to the officers.
SUS/E3/36   28 June 1836
Printed circular from James Raine at Durham advertising the next Society anniversary on 12 July at the Waterloo Hotel with the meeting at 12 and dinner at 5.
SUS/E3/37   1 July 1836
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall, Durham, to J.G. Nichols at London about the publication of North Durham, his likely non-appearance at the anniversary, asking for his accounts of receipts and expenses, discussing Mr Botfield's subscription and his edition of catalogues of the library of the monks of Durham to be published next year [vol.7, 1838].
SUS/E3/38   6 July 1836
Letter from D. Craven of Pickerings at 57 Chancery Lane, London, to Messrs Nichols detailing sales of Society volumes.
SUS/E3/39   7 August 1836
Letter from S. Dunham at Hill's Hotel to J.B. Nichols asking if he would like the Townley Mysteries to be reviewed in the London periodicals, if the volume has been published yet.
SUS/E3/40   3 October 1836
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols at London explaining the delay in the books being due to Mr Gordon's decline (“I know not what I shall do without him”), grateful for his review, outlines his plans for Finchale, asks for proofs of North Durham, asks him to call on Sir H. Freeling re Franks and to find out from Blore about his plates, Mr Allan needs the balance of moneys, leaves reviews to his discretion, reports on the discovery at Monkwearmouth of carved stones which wll be engraved, is on his own as Mrs Raine is at the seaside, his daughter Anne remembers his help at Finchale, “the church is now totally cleared & I shall next year proceed with the cloister”.
SUS/E3/41   10 October 1836
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to John Gough Nichols about subscriptions, new candidates for admission and printing a “Catalogue of Malefactors”.
SUS/E3/42   26 October 1836
Letter from James Raine at Harrogate to J.G. Nichols, grateful for the books in exchange for his own publications, encloses a letter for Mr Blore and more copy, he is visiting Mrs Raine who is not well, Anne is grateful for his present, he will send a cast of the Monkwearmouth stone.
SUS/E3/43   26 November 1836
Letter from George Andrews at Durham to Mrs Surtees at Mainsforth about insurance being unnecessary with the remaining copies of the History of Durham being sold by auction.
SUS/E3/44   1 December 1836
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall, Durham, to J.G. Nichols about permission to communicate with the press, now working on the introduction and priory of Coldingham, discusses sending him and having printed Durham monastic rolls, attempts at arrangements between Mrs Surtees and Mr Surtees of Redworth have failed and all mansucripts, books and effects will be sold, so his unsold copies of the first 3 volumes [of the History of Durham] and other effects of “our poor friend” need to be sent to Mainsforth, copper plates need to be extracted from Mr [Edward] Blore, please procure impressions of the plate of the ruins of Finchale, Mrs Surtees hopes to purchase as much as she can, details arrangements for the publication of the 4th volume [of the History of Durham], and Mrs Raine's health.
SUS/E3/45   22 December 1836
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols about prices for volumes 1-3 [of the History of Durham] and his opinion as to whether the dean and chapter of Durham had any claim to the copper plates for them, he had not heard of the arrival of the plates and unsold volumes from London, the sale of the furniture is over, Mrs Surtees lost out to Mr Surtees of Redworth who acquired the plate and nearly all the pictures “in spite of public opinion & indignation” and “has renewed his proposal to purchase the library & the coins”.
SUS/E3/46   [?December 1836]
Draft letter to J.G. Nichols commenting on the catalogue of the sale of Mr Surtees's books and the length of time proposed for the sale, he does not propose to bid for “the important Lot on the 14th Day”, plans for publishing vol.4, copper plates should be given up to [Durham] dean and chapter.
SUS/E3/47   7 March 1837
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichos at London instructing him to pay Lewis Baker for transcribing British Museum papers about the Beverley sanctuary. Receipted by Baker 9 March 1837.
SUS/E3/48   31 March 1837
Letter from John Gough Nichols at [London] to Earl FitzWilliam asking for subscription arears from himself and the late Lord Milton.
SUS/E3/49   12 September 1837
Bill of R. Lemon of 6 Stafford Row to J.G. Nichols for engraving, title, and printing for Finchale Abbey. Receipted 23 September.
SUS/E3/50   5 April 1837
Letter from Thomas Rickman at Birmingham to J.G. Nichols at London about his subscription and health.
SUS/E3/51   1 May 1837
Letter from Joseph Stevenson at 6 Regent Place to J.G. Nichols at London about arrangements for paying several subscriptions.
SUS/E3/52   3 June 1837
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to John Gough Nichols about various subscription arrears, the death of the sub-secretary Mr James Gordon in May “after a long and painful illness”, and 20 candidates for admission.
SUS/E3/53   17 June 1837
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to John Gough Nichols at London sending him information about the late Mr Baker of Elemore, he will send circulars about subscriptions with Raine's parcel next week, Archdeacon Wrangham has received his books.
SUS/E3/54   24 June 1847
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to J.G. Nichols about subscriptions.
SUS/E3/55   26 June 1837
Letter from R.C. Sherwood at Suffolk Lawn, Cheltenham, to John G. Nichols sending his subscription.
SUS/E3/56   4 April 1837
Letter from Thomas Hill Lowe at the Chantry, Exeter, to J.G. Nichols at London about his subscriptions and volumes, King John's Tavern was demolished two years ago, describes his precentor's residence with its chimney-piece adorned with various coats of arms.
SUS/E3/57   19 July 1837
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall, Durham to J.G. Nichols asking him to procure from the Augmentation Office a copy of the deed of surrender and survey of Finchale for his forthcoming Society volume on Finchale, and sending copies of the rules.
SUS/E3/58   21 July 1837
Letter from Anthony Salvin at 32 Somerset St to John Bowyer Nichols at London asking about a parcel he sent him for [James] Raine containing a plan of Finchale abbey.
SUS/E3/59   3 August 1837
Letter from John Gough Nichols at London to P.F. Sytter asking for his subscription.
SUS/E3/60   19 August 1837
Letter from Pedder Fleetwood at Preston to John Gough Nichols at London sending J.F. Hindle's subscription.
SUS/E3/61   16 August [1837]
Letter [from T.B. Dibdin] to Mr Nichols asking to use his Surtees woodcut in his volume on Mr Surtees.
SUS/E3/62   12 August [1837]
Letter from [T.F. Dibdin] to Mr Nichols, “horrified” at not being loaned a volume “for a little week”, asking queries about the volume on wills, his visit to Mrs Surtees “will make a distinguished page and half in the BOKE”.
SUS/E3/63   22 September 1837
Letter from W. Pickering to J.G. Nichols comprising his account of sales and his and Mr Nicholson's subscriptions.
SUS/E3/64   1837
Letter from J.B. Nichols to Mrs Surtees discussing the valuation of the remaining [History of Durham] volumes, his failure to get Mr Bohn's and Mr Newburn's opinions and suggesting the books might be sold by auction.
SUS/E3/65   24 October 1837
Letter from Matthew Dawes at Bolton to J.B. Nichols sending his subscription for the Camden Society and asking for the volumes he is entitled to and the rules, complains about his incorrect name in his Surtees Society volume. Forwarded to Mr Raine or Mr Allan.
SUS/E3/66   24 October 1837
Letter from Henry G. Bohn at Covent Garden to Mrs Surtees at Middle Hendon, Sunderland, his offer for all the History of Durham volumes may have been declined, but he now offers to buy single volumes.
SUS/E3/67   30 October 1837
Letter from Anne Surtees at Middle Hendon to Messrs Nichols asking advice about Mr Bohn's offer to buy single volumes, discussing the plates for vol.4 now Mr Bentham is dead, and asking after Mr Dowse who used to illuminate her husband's books, she will write to Mr Blore re plates for vol.4, her mother still enjoys the Gentleman's Magazine at the age of 85.
SUS/E3/68   18 May 1841
[Draft] letter from J.G. Nichols at London [to Robert Henry Allan] discussing and laying out his Society accounts from [1834].
SUS/E3/69   [12 November 1837]
Letter from John Stevenson at 6 Regent Place to J.G. Nichols at London, his brother [Joseph] is in the north and he cannot comment on the reported views.
SUS/E3/70   27 November 1847
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to J.G. Nichols at London asking him to expedite the printing of the current volume ready for the Council meeting, and he also awaits his bill.
SUS/E3/71   30 November 1837
Letter from Joseph Stevenson at 6 Regent Place to John Gough Nichols at London saying he has asked Mr Fisher to send him 500 copies of his Finchale plate and reporting that Council had awarded him a set of its publications in gratitude for his services.
SUS/E3/72   27 December 1837
Letter from Henry G. Bohn at Covent Garden to [Mrs Surtees] sending payment for the 2 copies of the History of Durham, less boarding, and offering to dispose of further small volumes, the large ones being too dear.
SUS/E3/73   3 January 1838
Letter from Francis Newburn at Darlington [to Mrs Surtees] offering his advice on disposing of the History of Durham volumes, either a lump sum from Bohn for all the volumes now or awaiting the slow sale, but at a better price, of individual volumes, he has informed Mr Taylor about the sale of the Mainsforth books and has seen and approved of that part of the Memoir, he cannot help Mr Taylor with Mr Surtees's mystery of the death of Mrs Aloes, “with regard to tennant's application” she must give “a direct negative or dissent”
SUS/E3/74   23 January 1838
Letter from Henry S. Bohn at Covent Garden to Mrs Anne Surtees at Middle Hendon declining her offer for all the History of Durham volumes, but offering to sell them for her.
SUS/E3/75   13 March 1838
Letter from J.B. Nichols at London to Mrs Surtees at Middle Hendon, discussing the Memoir, he has talked to Mr Blore about the plates, discusses various points about publishing [vol.4] and its plates, and Mr Bohn's offer for the copies of vols.1-3, grateful for the account of Mr Grey “a truly apostolic character”.
SUS/E3/76   12 July 1838
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall to J.G. Nichols at London, the volumes of last September are on the way though he has “had plague without end” with the Finchale one, he now has Mr Surtees's letters to Sir Walter Scott and Scott's letters to Surtees for the Memoir which Mr Taylor is at work on, he and John Ward wish to become members of the Camden Society, he will send a cast of a Saxon stone in Monkwearmouth church and a drawing of the altar in [St Mary the Less], Durham.
SUS/E3/77   19 July 1838
Letter from George Ormerod at Sedbury Park, Chepstow, to J.B. Nichols at London asking to be recommended as a member of the Society.
SUS/E3/78   14 August 1838
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to John Gough Nichols at London, the delay in the printing of the September 1837 volumes will be explained in the report, more subscriptions needed, the Society is flourishing and Mr Raine “the pillar of the Society” thinks lost time can be redeemed, he will suggest to Council that part of the printing can be done in London, he asks for the sum in hand in the 1837 account to be remitted to him, Mr Clavering was a tenant of his cousin the baronet at Axwell Park and died before his portrait was painted.
SUS/E3/79   22 August 1839
Letter from R.H. Allan at Durham to John Gough Nichols at London, he has received the remittance, publications and application forms are in a parcel, he will need all the subscriptions to pay for the volumes to September 1839 and cannot allow any arrears, other literary societies are very punctual with subscriptions, but not so with publications.
SUS/E3/80   19 September 1838
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.B. Nichols, asking him to pay Mr Hullmandel and Mr George Moore for lithographed plates, the last sheets of North Durham are soon to be printed, it is hard to make an assessment of all the railway speculations and the Durham and Sunderland in particular as all have an interest in something, Council voted the secretary and treasurers copies of the publications during their terms of office, he has a drawing of the chancel and altar in his St Mary the Less church to send to his son.
SUS/E3/81   15 September 1838
Letter from J. Armstrong at the Courant Office, Newcastle, to Mr Nichols at London sending Society volumes and discussing the late Mr Bentham's subscription and volume.
SUS/E3/82   5 October 1838
Draft letter from [J.G. Nichols] at London [to James Raine] reporting his absence in Wiltshire dealing with the death “of another of our County Topographers Sir Richard Hoare”, the Surtees volumes have gone out with requests for two year's subscriptions, but when will the next volume appear and what will it be, when is the next anniversary meeting and when are his accounts required, as he did not know of the next meeting he has omitted to put up George Ormerod for election.
SUS/E3/83   26 September 1838
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall to J.G. Nichols sending part of the Memoir as a preface for vol.4 of the History of Durham, proofs to go to Mr Taylor, copies of Surtees's letters to Scott are still awaited by Taylor from Mr Lockhart, he is pleased with Mr Blore's 4 plates for North Durham, his children are not well, sends a copy of a privately printed Ped. of Girlington.
SUS/E3/84   4 October 1838
Printed subscription proforma request from John Gough Nichols at London to Lewis Baker at Wilmington Square with a note that his volumes will be delivered on receipt of his subscription.
SUS/E3/85   14 October 1839
Printed proforma from James Raine at Crook Hall, Durham, to J.G. Nichols asking for any recommendation of a manuscript for printing by 1 December, with a copy of rules 5-9.
SUS/E3/86   18 October 1838
Letter from F.C. Plumptre, master of University College Oxford, to John Gough Nichols at London sending his subscription and asking to be elected a member if he has not already been elected.
SUS/E3/87   26 October 1838
Letter from J.H. Markland at Whitehall to John G. Nichols at London disputing his subscription payment, and he had sent a communication for the October Gentleman's Magazine which may have been lost and of which he can supply a copy.
SUS/E3/88   28 October 1838
Letter from R.M. White at Magdalen College Oxford to J.G. Nichols at London saying Mr Faber had paid his subscription and so he would like his volumes sending.
SUS/E3/89   1 November 1838
Letter from Messrs Coutts & Co at Cheltenham to John G. Nichols at London saying Mr Sherwood has asked to have his subscription paid and requesting a receipt.
SUS/E3/90   29 November [1838]
Letter from Marmaduke Prickett at 10 Beacon Terrace, Torquay, to Messrs Nichols about the forwarding of his due Camden Society volumes, and asking how he might join the Surtees Society to which he has had no response from the secretary Mr Raine, several times.
SUS/E3/91   12 December 1838
Letter from [the marquis of] Lothian at Newbattle abbey, Dalkeith, to John Gough Nichols sending his subscription.
SUS/E3/92   7 October [1838]
Letter from S. [Sarah] A. Blore at Welbeck St to John Gough Nichols at London, saying that, though Mr Blore was in Scotland, she knows that Mr Raine had never settled on his plates and so nothing has been done about them, the sea air has been beneficial, hopes to call on Mrs Nichols.
SUS/E3/93   12 January 1839
Letter from W. Pickering incorporating his account, needs further copies of most of the volumes, reports that the English works “are much more acceptable” than the Latin ones, needs more Townley Mysteries if they are not all sold.
SUS/E3/94   15 January 1839
Letter from Thomas Rickman at Birmingham to J.G. Nichols at London sending his subscription.
SUS/E3/95   6 March 1839
Letter from Mr R.C. Hussey at 8 Chesterfield St to J.G. Nichols at London sending his subscription and asking for a receipt.
SUS/E3/96   27 May 1839
Letter from C.F. Hodgson at 1 Gough Square to Messrs Nichols passing on an enquiry from Mr Lindsay about the number of Surtees and North Durham volumes produced, and asking for a large size of [the History of Durham], and about becoming a member of the Society.
SUS/E3/97   15 August 1839
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to J.G. Nichols providing lists of arrears since the inception of the Society, and also subscriptions received for the current year, price of the Catalogues volume to be 15s, details of its despatch, and discussing payments.
SUS/E3/98   2 September 1839
Printed subscription proforma from John Gough Nichols at London to William Palmer at Oriel College Oxford.
SUS/E3/99   [17 September 1839]
Letter from William Till at 17 Great Russell St to J.B. Nichols at London asking for the return of two Coffee House books as he expects his landlady, with whom he has “some difference”, to ask for them back.
SUS/E3/100   10 October 1839
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall to J.G. Nichols about the forthcoming meeting, upcoming publications, he is “quite determined that this shall be the last year of our being behind hand with our publications”, try Magdalen College for Mr Palmer, the seal is held by the registrar of the York dean and chapter, “Dr Dibdin is a I dare say hopeless”, a new epitaph by Raine for Robert Surtees is on the way from Mrs Surtees, discusses altering the Memoir and the need for some explanation of the gaps in it, the need for a note in the [Gentleman's] Magazine about the bishop of Durham's titles, explains why he has proposed Mr R. Lindsay as a member.
SUS/E3/101   9 October 1839
Letter from G. Littlewood at Circus Place, Finsbury, to J.G. Nichols at London saying Dr Lee has asked him for a copy of an article of his.
SUS/E3/102   October 1839
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall to J.G. Nichols asking him to forward letters, Mr Lindsay is pleased to be elected, “our poor friend Hodgson” has had an attack which has stopped his History of Northumberland at volume 6, Raine has to prepare and see his addenda through the press.
SUS/E3/103   9 December 1839
Letter from A. [Anne] Surtees at Mainsforth to Messrs Nichols at London, anxious about a previous letter having arrived.
SUS/E3/104   17 December 1839
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall to J.B. Nichols discussing seals and the memoir's place in vol.4 [of the History of Durham].
SUS/E3/105   4 January 1840
Letter from Anne Surtees to Messrs Nichols at London about the sale and advertisement of vol.4 [of the History of Durham] by Andrews, inserting the memoir, the price and sending copies to Newcastle.
SUS/E3/106   28 January 1840
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall to J.G. Nichols at London, he will pass on the relevant parts of his last letter but he is away on “an employment” the outcome of which might be seen in the marriages in the Gentleman's Magazine, discusses the subscriptions of Lords FitzWilliam and Milton and their due volumes, queries an estimate.
SUS/E3/107   12 March [1840]
Letter from G.J. Squibb at Portman Square to J. Nichols resigning from the Society at the end of the year.
SUS/E3/108   8 April 1840
Letter from ?Thomas Stapleton sending his subscription.
SUS/E3/109   26 October [?1840]
Letter from John Gough Nichols at London to J.H. Markland at Whitehall Place about his subscription being in arrears and Sir F. [Francis] Freeling's epitaph.
SUS/E3/110   20 March 1840
Letter from William Raine at Swinbrook near Burford to Messrs Nichols at London sending payment for vol. 4 of the History of Durham and his Society subscription.
SUS/E3/111   27 April 1840
Letter from William Raine at Swinbrook near Burford to Messrs Nicholas at London returning duplicates of the 1837 volumes by the Champion (Cheltenham) coach.
SUS/E3/112   21 September 1840
Draft financial report by [J.G. Nichols] on Surtees subscriptions, with amendments.
SUS/E3/113   22 September 1840
Letter from Alexander Nicholson at Ufford to J.G. Nichols, glad he is not more behind with his subscription than the Society is with its publications, he had to dispose of his most valuable books some years ago including Stothard's Monumental Effigies and he cannot indulge in Mr Hollis's work until he is out of Nichols's debt, great friends with Mr Davy.
SUS/E3/114   30 September 1840
Letter from James Raine to J.G. Nichols at London reporting on the recent Council meeting, Lord Braybrooke is president, details of publications for 1838-1840, a committee was appointed to draw up a circular re arrears to members, publications are no longer in arrears and he hopes “our rebellious members will have no further cause for complaint”.
SUS/E3/115   12 October 1840
Printed circular from James Raine at Crook Hall to William Brougham detailing and requesting his subscription arrears, and detailing the publications available on payment.
SUS/E3/116   [19 October 1840]
Draft list of Society publications (vols. 1-11) sent to J.G. Nichols for printing as an advertisement.
SUS/E3/117   19 October 1840
Letter from Richard Charles Hussey at Birmingham sending subscription arrears for himself and Mr Rickman and asking for a receipt.
SUS/E3/118   22 October 1840
Letter from J. Morton at Holbeach saying Mr Burder will pay his subscription.
SUS/E3/119   23 October 1840
Letter from R.C. Sherwood at Cheltenham sending his subscription.
SUS/E3/120   23 October 1840
Letter from C.G.Y. [Young] to J.G. Nichols at London asking if he ought to have had the 1838 volume.
SUS/E3/121   19 October 1840
Letter from R.M. White at Magdalen College, Oxford, to J.G. Nichols at London sending his subscription, asking for his volumes and for the balance to go towards numbers of the Collectanea Topographica.
SUS/E3/122   22 October 1840
Letter from Michael Jones to J.G. Nichols at London sending his subscription.
SUS/E3/123   30 October 1840
Letter from Joseph Francis Tempest at Broughton near Colne to Messrs Nichols at London sending his subscription and asking for his volumes to be sent to Mr Dolman the bookseller in Bond St.
SUS/E3/124   9 November 1840
Letter from John Hodgson jr at 49 Eldon St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, about the despatch of volumes of his father's History of Northumberland by Blackwells.
SUS/E3/125   [November 1840]
Letter from C.G. Young about Mr Lysley's subscription who complains at being asked for arrears when he was not aware of having been elected a member.
SUS/E3/126   13 November 1840
Latter part of a letter from John Holmes to J.G. Nichols at London querying a statement in the circular about the Society's reports and declaring “It is inconvenient to belong to a society which lies dormant so long”.
SUS/E3/127   19 November 1840
Letter from [Earl] FitzWilliam at Wentworth to J.G. Nichols at London asking that he be written to at Milton near Peterborough for the subscription of himself and Lord Milton and asking what publications are available which he can order for [Wentworth] and Milton.
SUS/E3/128   3 November 1840
Letter from C.G.Y. [Young] to J.G. Nichols at London asking if he has heard from Mr Lysley and declaring that “this system will not do” concerning people being asked for arrears who had not heard they had been elected members when proposed by him.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society (150, 1939), p.28.
SUS/E3/129   11 November 1840
Letter from Pudsey Dawson at Hornby Castle, Lancaster, sending his subscription arrears for 4 years.
SUS/E3/130   29 December 1840
Letter from Thomas Turner at 7 Lincolns Inn Old Square to J.G. Nichols at London saying he has paid his subscripton arrears but has not yet received his due volumes.
SUS/E3/131   [1840]
Printed flyer for Jordan Fantosme's Chronicle of the War Between the English and the Scots (1839), with printed notices of the other Surtees Society publications, amended [by Raine] with details and prices of vols.3-11, with details of rates for members and non-members and availability of volumes.
SUS/E3/132   14 September 1840
Lists of subscription receipts and arrears for 1835-1840 drawn up by R.H. Allan.
SUS/E3/133   26 January 1841
Letter from Samuel Bentley to J.G. Nichols sending his subscription and reporting that Mr Tyrrell's operation has given him hope rather than actual relief.
SUS/E3/134   5 February 1841
Letter from William Raine at Swinbrook near Burford to Messrs Nichols at London reporting that he has received his volumes and sending his subscription.
SUS/E3/135   15 May 1841
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to John Gough Nichols at London sending and discussing his account up to September 1840, Mr Raine will report on publications progress, and asking him to deliver enclosed subscriptions to the Camden Society treasurer.
SUS/E3/136   8 October 1842
Draft letters from J.G. Nichols at London:
to [James] Raine discussing the appearance and growth of expenditure on editing in the accounts sent by Mr Allan and asking for copies of Council resolutions sanctioning such expenditure and
to [Mr Allan] reporting this and querying a particular expenditure to M. Michel for editing Fantosme, asking when he plans to close his account and stating that he has “so long been desirous to resign” and has regretted continuing in office after September 1839 when a printed report first failed to appear.
Part of a further draft of the Allan letter is in SUS/E3/165 below.
SUS/E3/137   [October 1842]
Extract of the minutes of the general meeting of September 1842 [in James Raine's hand] about the Society's report and detailing the sums raised from subscriptions and arrears and the balance remaining after the deduction of editorial and other expenses.
SUS/E3/138   4 October 1842
Draft letter from J.G. Nichols at London to James Raine about the large sums paid to editors, that this was not consistent with the laws of the Society and that it would have a serious effect on the prosperity of the Society, and asking for evidence of the practice's sanctioning by Council, and especially querying Raine's charges for transcribing and editing the Finchale volume, his “own particular hobby”, and also hinting at other dissatisfactions with Raine's “peculiar position with regard to the Society”.
Further draft in SUS/E3/164 below.
SUS/E3/139a   14 February 1842
Receipt of S. Bentley for money form John Gough Nichols for printing Liber Vitae.
SUS/E3/139b   January 1842
Bill of Samuel Bentley, Bangor House, Shoe Lane, for printing Liber Vitae, forwarded by James Raine to J.G. Nichols.
SUS/E3/140   15 February 1842
Letter from S. Bentley to John Gough Nichols at Hammersmith sending a receipt and thanking him for his support at “the Printers Election”.
SUS/E3/141   5 October 1842
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to John Gough Nichols discussing annual receipts, John Morice's subscriptions and subscription totals.
SUS/E3/142   29 October 1842
Draft letters [from J.G. Nichols to R.H. Allan] saying that he cannot send accounts yet, can Council defer their audit, asking if auditors have been appointed and whether a Special General Meeting might be necessary, and to [James] Raine explaining that he has been distracted from the accounts by the [ Gentleman's] Magazine, and querying the authorisation for expenditure on editing.
SUS/E3/143   3 November 1843
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall discussing the entitlement of various members to books and saying that Council will soon fix a price for him to advertise.
SUS/E3/144   20 September 1843
Account of the treasurers for the year to 20 September when R.H. Allan resigned, signed by the 3 auditors.
Endorsed by Allan “To be copied into the Treasurer's Book, and when audited to be printed in one of the publications of the Society” and by [Raine] 29 November 1847 “To be printed and inserted at the end of the book in the usual way”.
SUS/E3/145   20 September 1843
Account of subscriptions and arrears received by Robert Henry Allan from 28 September 1842.
SUS/E3/146   19 October 1842
Stock list of vols.1-11.
SUS/E3/147   17 December 1842
Letter from Michael Jones to Messrs Nichols at London resigning from the Society.
SUS/E3/148   24 October 1842
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to J.G. Nichols reporting that the auditors could not sign the accounts as accounts of sales by himself and Mr Pickering were wanting, so he asks for these and any vouchers.
SUS/E3/149   [?1842]
Note of stock of vols.1-11 for J.G. Nichols.
SUS/E3/150   1 November 1842
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to John Gough Nichols at London reporting that the auditors had again been unable to sign the accounts as his had not been received, and discussing payment of Blackwells's bill.
SUS/E3/151   21 November 1842
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to John Gough Nichols at London reporting that the auditors had adjourned, hoping he might have his accounts soon, and discussing communications with Blackwells.
SUS/E3/152   14 November 1842
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols at London saying that he will put his letter before the next Council meeting.
SUS/E3/153   26 November 1842
Letter from John Blackwell at Newcastle to John Gough Nichols at London detailing communications with Mr Allan and Mr Raine about books, and sending a statement to him, sorry the latest volume is not complete but Mr Raine has not returned proofs.
SUS/E3/154   29 November 1842
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to J.G. Nichols at London copying a list of Surtees volumes sent to him by Blackwells of Newcastle and Andrews of Durham, Revd M. Richardson, one of the auditors, died last week, Council will meet next week to appoint a replacement and perhaps then the books can be sent out.
SUS/E3/155   30 November 1842
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols announcing a Council meeting at Mr Whitley's apartment in the university, with a draft reply saying that he awaits a reply from Raine to a letter of 29 October before he can submit his account for auditing.
SUS/E3/156   7 December 1842
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols at London enclosing Council minutes about Raine having sent him appropriate copies of minutes, Temple Chevallier being appointed an auditor, and Council being adjourned for the auditors to prepare their report, with Raine also denying Blackwell's assertion that he had not returned proofs to them.
SUS/E3/157   9 November 1842
Draft letter [from J.G. Nichols] at London [to James Raine] giving his reading of the minutes sent to him re editing expenditure and saying that he found the method of business of the Society very different to other societies he is involved with in London, and suggesting that the 13th rule is adhered to regarding Society reports which ought to be bound with the books, as with the Camden Society.
Reusing a printed change of address notification from Robert William Moore to J.B. Nichols of November 1842.
SUS/E3/158   16 August [?1843]
Letter from F.C. Plumptre at University College, Oxford, sending his subscription and asking for a receipt and his due volumes.
SUS/E3/159   14 August 1843
Letter from John Hubbard at 42 Torrington Square to J.G. Nichols sending his subscription, with notes of various calculations on the back.
SUS/E3/160   4 September 1843
Letter from R.C. Sherwood at Cheltenham to J.G. Nichols sending his subscription arrears.
SUS/E3/161   [November 1842]
Copy letters and Council minutes re the dispute over the auditing of the accounts and the issue of sanctioning payments for editing.
Allan to Nichols 30 September 1842
Raine to Nichols 3 October 1842
Nichols to Allan 6 October 1842
Allan to Nichols 7 October 1842
Nichols to Raine 8 October 1842
Nichols to Allan 8 October 1842
Allan to Nichols 10 October 1842
Raine to Nichols 13 October 1842
Raine to Nichols 15 October 1842
Council minutes extracts:
3 November 1835, 12 July 1836, 7 December 1836, 17 November 1837, 24 November 1837, 7 January 1839, no date, 5 January 1841, 29 September 1842.
SUS/E3/162   [November 1842]
Copy letters and Council minutes re the dispute over the auditing of the accounts and the issue of sanctioning payments for editing.
Nichols to Raine and Allan 18 October 1842
Nichols to Allan 19 October 1842
Allan to Nichols 21 October 1842
Raine to Nichols 22 October 1842
Council minutes extracts 19 October 1842
SUS/E3/163   [November 1842]
Extracts from Society rules, notes of accounts and reports, and extracts from the proposed statement of accounts from 1837 of charges for transcribing and editing.
SUS/E3/164   4 October 1842
Draft letter from J.G. Nichols [to James Raine] re the appearance in the accounts of payments to editors without sanction by the members and to the detriment of the Society's prosperity, and asking for extracts of relevant Council minutes, querying especially his charges for the Finchale volume and hinting at other dissatisfactions with his “peculiar position with regard to the Society”.
On the back of a printed prospectus for Mrs Browne's Seminary for Young Ladies at 2 Southampton Terrace, Southampton St, Camberwell.
Further draft of the letter in SUS/E3/138 above.
SUS/E3/165   [8 October 1842]
Latter part of a letter from John Gough Nichols to R.H. Allan discussing Raine's editing charges, asking when his account is to close, and declaring that he has “been so long desirous to resign”.
Complete draft is in SUS/E3/136 above.
SUS/E3/166   20 February 1843
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols at London asking for an estimate for the Correspondence of Robert Bowes volume.
SUS/E3/167   20 July 1843
Printed circular from James Raine at Crook Hall, Durham, to B. Botfield at 9 Stratton St listing the 8 volumes available for members in return for subscriptions, requesting his subscription arrears and providing extracts from the 1841 and 1842 reports re subscriptions.
SUS/E3/168   17 August 1843
Letter from J.H. Parker at Oxford [to J.G. Nichols] sending his subscription arrears which he was surprised had not been paid, and asking for books to be sent to Hayden's, 17 Warwick Sq.
SUS/E3/169   29 August 1843
Letter from R. Tatham at Leamington to J.G. Nichols asking him to collect his subscription from Coutts Bank, to send his due volumes to St John's College, Cambridge, and resigning.
SUS/E3/170   2 August 1843
Note from William J. Lysley saying he will return volumes he is not entitled to if they can be called for as he has ceased to be a member.
SUS/E3/171   17 March 1843
Letter from Joseph Stevenson to J.G. Nichols at London sending copy with more to follow when he can get it from the copyist, grateful for his suggestions.
SUS/E3/172   11 March 1843
Letter from Joseph Stevenson at 38 South St, Durham, to J.G. Nichols at London saying that the Correspondence of Robert Bowes estimate has been accepted, and asking at what rate he can “advance at press” so that the transcription can be carried out accordingly.
SUS/E3/173   6 September 1843
Letter from F.C. Plumptre at University College, Oxford, to Messrs Nichols reporting his failure to pay his subscription as the post office was closed.
SUS/E3/174   3 September 1843
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols congratulating him on his marriage [22 July 1843 to Lucy Lewis] and sending some circulars for subscription arrears in London.
SUS/E3/175   4 September 1843
Printed notice from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols at London announcing the ninth anniversary [meeting] to be held at Ward's Waterloo Hotel at 3pm with dinner at 5pm.
SUS/E3/176   20 September 1843
Letter from G.E. Corrie to J.G. Nichols sending his subscription and requesting a receipt to be sent to Kettering.
SUS/E3/177   27 September 1843
Letter from J. Raine at Crook Hall to J.G. Nichols at London saying the books have arrived, he is pleased with them except that the year on the spine should be 1842 and not 1843.
SUS/E3/178   11 September 1843
Letter from Michael Jones returning his publications as he had already said he wanted to resign.
SUS/E3/179   15 September 1843
Letter from J. Morice at Upper Gower St to J.G. Nichols sending his subscription, complaining of Raine's “uncourteous and peremptory letter”, and saying he hopes his medical attendant will allow him to return to West Wickham.
SUS/E3/180   24 October 1843
Draft letter from John Gough Nichols at London to James Raine about subscriptions, enquiring about sending volumes to those in arrears.
SUS/E3/181   20 September 1843
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Durham to John Gough Nichols at London about exchanging lists of subscriptions and sending his account so that he can provide a balance account for the anniversary, he is keen to help the Society and has “been partly prevailed upon to continue to act” as a treasurer, provided Nichols does not object to his continuing.
SUS/E3/182   [10] & 17 July 1847
Account of R.H. Allan's receipts and payments from 1834 to when he went out of office 28 September 1843, similarly J.G. Nichols's receipts and payments, and an account between the two. Two versions.
SUS/E3/183   14 October 1844
Letter from J. Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols sending him some trial pages of the Bursar's Book 1531-1534 to set, “North Durham very soon”.
SUS/E3/184   21 October 1843
Letter from [James Raine] at Crook Hall, Durham, [to J.G. Nichols] detailing the financial position at the Council meeting, new members, William Greenwell treasurer in place of Allan, Lord FitzWilliam the new president, and discussing “a thin book” of the 1593 Survey to be published for 1842 alongside the Bowes Correspondence for whose printing he is to pay himself, likewise for the despatch of specified volumes, and asking him to deal with Lord Shrewsbury's subscription and what might be done with London members in arrears.
SUS/E3/185   23 October 1843
Letter from F. Madden at the British Museum to J.G. Nichols requesting volumes he is entitled to.
SUS/E3/186   30 October 1843
Letter from Archdeacon Hales to Mr Nichols sending his subscription.
SUS/E3/187   31 October 1843
Letter from Anne Surtees at Mainsforth asking what would be the price of Mr Surtees's memoir if printed in octavo and what would be the price per sheet for printing “in a pretty handsome style” ?
SUS/E3/188   18 November 1843
Letter from Timothy Hutton at Clifton near Bedale to J.G. Nichols at London sending his subscription after his election.
SUS/E3/189   5 November 1843
Letter from William Greenwell at University College, Durham, to J.G. Nichols asking for a list of recent subscribers so that he can send out the books.
SUS/E3/190   27 November 1843
Letter from R.M. White at Magdalen College, [Oxford], to J.B. Nichols at London resigning but asking for his due volumes to be sent to 35 Lincolns Inn Fields.
SUS/E3/191   28 September 1843
Account of the Society's treasurers for the year to 28 September 1843 when R.H. Allan resigned.
SUS/E3/192   5 September 1844
Letter from Anne Surtees at Mainsforth [to J.G. Nichols] apologising for neglecting the memoir but Mr Blore has given her more work to do on beautifying Bishop Middleham church, and asking for news of his family, she had just heard of the death of Sir Robert Eden at Windlestone.
SUS/E3/193   1 January 1845
Letter from J. Raine to J.G. Nichols, grateful for Bennett's autograph and discussing the printing of the Bursar's Book.
SUS/E3/194   15 January 1845
Letter from J. Raine at Crook Hall to J.G. Nichols at London announcing the Council meeting at Ward's Waterloo Hotel on 23 January at 12.
SUS/E3/195   11 March 1845
Letter from James Raine to J.G. Nichols suggesting they wait until the four nearly ready books are out before asking for subscriptions, asking about borrowing a Hutton autograph facsimile from the Camden Society for a title page and discussing a query about Robert Rugg, “a gay cavalier”.
SUS/E3/196   20 March 1845
Letter from J. Raine to J.G. Nichols asking if the plate he has of Bishop Hutton used in Hutchinson's Durham could be used in the Hutton volume.
SUS/E3/197   12 April 1845
Letter from J. Raine at Durham [to J.G. Nichols] discussing Archbishop Hutton's portrait and some lines he encloses.
SUS/E3/198   12 June 1845
Letter from Anne Surtees at 40 Cambridge Terrace, Hyde Park, to John [B.] Nichol discussing his bill, she leaves London soon.
SUS/E3/199   7 June 1845
Letter from S. Bentley & Co at Shoe Lane [to J.G. Nichols] discussing blocks for the binding of the Anglo-Saxon Psalter, annotated by [Nichols] that it was to be bound by Leighton..
SUS/E3/200   23 June 1845
Printed circular from James Raine that the anniversary is to move to the last Thursday in May and the Society's period to be extended from the Restoration to the 1745 Rebellion.
SUS/E3/201   2 October 1845
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall to J.G. Nichols at London reporting that Council had set up a committee to draw up a report and balance the accounts so that could he collect arrears and despatch volumes, that the anniversary had moved from September to May and the Society's period was extended to 1745, he details the forthcoming volumes agreed to, and he has received lots of complaints about the last two volumes compared to Bentley's re type and paper and Nichols “must endeavour to remove all cause of complaint”, and send the Dean of Ely his books.
SUS/E3/202   12 November 1845
Letter from J. Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols sending more copy and discussing the printing of the Hutton Correspondence, the books must be advertised in the Gentleman's Magazine.
SUS/E3/203   18 November 1845
Letter from J. Raine at Durham to J.B. Nichols at London detailing prices of volumes to non-members and the running title for Depositions and other Ecclesiastical Proceedings.
SUS/E3/204   21 November 1845
Letter from Edward Hailstone at Horton Hall, Bradford, [to J.G. Nichols] asking to become a member and sending a Grandoise seal impression found at Flasby near Skipton whose matrix he has sent to the Archaeological Institute for exhibition.
SUS/E3/205   1 December 1845
Letter from George Ormerod at Didbury Park, Chepstow, to William S. Ormerod at Portman Square asking him to procure four detailed Surtees Society volumes though he has now discontinued his subscription.
SUS/E3/206   11 December 1845
Letter from J.H. Markland at Bath to J.G. Nichols saying he lacks eight volumes, he had not been called upon for a subscription and assumed that “the Society had ceased to exist”.
SUS/E3/207   27 December 1845
Letter from J. Raine to J.G. Nichols at London asking for another copy of his list of subscriptions as the original had been mislaid.
SUS/E3/208   September 1845
Account of Surtees sales by William Pickering of 177 Piccadilly, London.
SUS/E3/209   15 September 1846
Letter from Slocombe and Simms at Leeds to J.G. Nichols at London asking to subscribe from the Society's beginning or is only the current year possible.
SUS/E3/210   4 May 1846
Letter from Richard Charles Hussey at 45 Ann St, Birmingham, to J.G. Nichols sending his subscription.
SUS/E3/211   24 February 1846
Letter from James Raine at Crook Hall, Durham, to J.G. Nichols saying he should hear soon of the Society's funds in his fellow treasurer's hands, and discussing an advertisement to go in the Ecclesiastical Proceedings volume.
SUS/E3/212   4 March 1847
Letter from William Greenwell at University College, Durham, asking for his account of moneys received since the last circular so that he can draw up his accounts.
SUS/E3/213   22 April 1847
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Blackwell Hall, Darlington, to J.G. Nichols sending his Camden Society subscription, asking for a receipt, and for his Bowes Correspondence account to be receipted, hopes their last account to September 1843 can appear in the next volume, and asks for various Gentleman's Magazines to complete his set.
SUS/E3/214   5 June 1847
Letter from James Raine at Durham to J.G. Nichols reporting that William Greenwell “after two or three years of great inefficiency” has been replaced as treasurer by Mr Henderson who is keen to ascertain the Society's financial position and will ask him about Nichols's receipts since Allan's resignation, he appreciates that this is tiresome but Greenwell has not kept Nichols's statements to him, he would be grateful for proofs.
SUS/E3/215   5 June 1847
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to John Gough Nichols at London introducing himself as his fellow treasurer and asking for accounts, as specified, since Allan's time.
SUS/E3/216   8 June 1847
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, [to J.G. Nichols] thanking him for his accounts which Council were happy with but asking for a more detailed breakdown of receipts and expenses for him to enter in the Society's books from 28 September 1843 to 27 May 1847, with some detailed queries and requests for accounts from Messrs Nichols and William Pickering.
SUS/E3/217   24 September 1847
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to J.G. Nichols at London about a bill of Messrs Bentley & Co for binding the Anglo-Saxon Psalter vol.1 and the Hutton Correspondence, all ready to hold the committee meeting, “so much needed except Mr Raine's book”.
SUS/E3/218   25 February [?1835]
Letter from Cuthbert Grant at Grosvenor Terrace to J.B. Nichols [at London] sending him two Sunderland Heralds containing notice of the late Mr Surtees.
SUS/E3/219   17 February 1848
Printed proforma [from James Raine] at Crook Hall, Durham, requesting the payment of subscription arrears totalling £1286 5s before the Society can be dissolved “it having in a great measure effected the purpose for which it was established”, setting out resolutions of Council, including that William Henderson, though he has declined to accept his election as treasurer, is requested to assistance in this sortin gout of finances, and detailing volumes 1-21 for 1835-1845 which members are entitled to. With notes on the back by [James Raine] and William Henderson [to J.G. Nichols] about the delivery of books.
SUS/E3/220   27 March 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, [to J.G. Nichols] regretting “his diffidence in issuing the [above] circulars to the members”, explaining about members' entitlements to volumes, those original members who have paid subscriptions for 1846 and 1847 are to have duplicate volumes rather than be repaid, and others not original members are also to accept volumes that they might not have rather than expect their subscriptions for 1846 and 1847 to be repaid, with some detailed requirements for the despatch of volumes.
Printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society (150, 1939), p.36-37.
SUS/E3/221   9 March 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to J.G. Nichols explaining about both circulars delivered by Mr Stevenson, for Nichols to distribute to the London members, and the unhappy financial position of the Society which “has brought its operations to a close”, urging him to secure all possible arrears and to encourage members to take the additional volumes offered for their 1846 and 1847 subscriptions, and asking him to send a list of those Nichols will contact about this, “my leisure is very limited & I am anxious to bring this matter to a termination”.
With a draft reply from Nichols expressing disappointment at Henderson's approach, and opining that the the problem lies “rather with the editing than the subscriptions”, he has felt it hard to pursue subscriptions when volumes have not been appearing, he will send out the circulars but few of his subscribers are in arrears and he would appreciate an uptodate list of subscribers to enable him to identify the arrears.
Henderson's letter is printed in Thompson, A.H., The Surtees Society 1834-1934, Surtees Society (150, 1939), p.35.
SUS/E3/222   24 March 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, [to J.G. Nichols] asking him to send books to Rev Augustus McDonald Hopper and discussing other subscriptions.
SUS/E3/223   24 March 1848
Letter from James Beckley at 39 Poternoster Row to Messrs Nichols asking for books to be sent to the 4th Division, County department, for Mr Slocombe of Leeds who has already tried twice before to get them without success.
SUS/E3/224   24 March 1848
Draft letter [from J.G. Nichols] at London [to William Henderson] about sending out circulars for subscription arrears, suggests a further method of raising money might be to encourage those who have resigned to complete their sets of volumes, and raises the issue of booksellers getting a preferential rate viz the caseof Mr Slocombe of Leeds.
SUS/E3/225   28 March 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to J.G. Nichols about books to be sent to Matthew Forster.
SUS/E3/226   14 March 1848
Letter from G.E. Corrie at Cambridge to J.G. Nichols about his subscription arrears and volumes not received.
SUS/E3/227   16 March 1848
Letter from G.E. Corrie at Cambridge to J.G. Nichols about paying his subscription, buying back numbers and sending a sketch of a seal given to him by a bookseller in Cambridge.
SUS/E3/228   12 April 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, [to J.G. Nichols] saying the books requested will be sent by Andrews, suggests he might try the friends of deceased members to get sets made up, details the confusion in the circulars over the price of volumes being either 13s 4d or 14s
SUS/E3/229   13 April 1848
Letter from G. Corrie [to J.G. Nichols] sending his subscription for volumes.
SUS/E3/230   [April 1848]
Printed list of volumes 1835-1845 (as in the circular in 219 above) marked up with G.E. Corrie's volumes.
SUS/E3/231   15 April 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, [to J.G. Nichols] about books to be sent to Botfield, including copies of his own work [ Catalogi veteres librorum].
SUS/E3/232   17 April 1848
Letter from Archdeacon Hale at Charterhouse to J.G. Nichols asking for the books as offered.
SUS/E3/233   23 March 1848
Letter from F.C. Plumptre at University College, Oxford, to J.G. Nichols at London sending his subscription and asking for his volumes as he is entitled.
SUS/E3/234   23 March 1848
Letter from Richard Slocombe at Leeds to J.G. Nichols at London asking for books as advertised at 13s 4d.
With [Nichols's] reply of 24 March explaining his entitlement to volumes at 13s 4d as a subscriber on payment of his subscription but pointing out “the great injury you do to the Surtees Society if you once let the trade in London know that the volumes are depreciated to the sum you mention”.
SUS/E3/235   25 March 1848
Letter from [the earl of] Shrewsbury at Bournmouth to J. Raine (but sent to Mr Nichols) sending his subscription and asking that his books be sent to his bookseller Mr Dolman at 61 New Bond St.
SUS/E3/236   25 March 1848
Letter from Richard Slocombe at Leeds to J.G. Nichols assuring him that he wanted the books as a subscriber and asking for them to be sent to Longmans.
SUS/E3/237   18 April 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham to J.G. Nichols reporting that Mr Andrews “has his premises in such disorder” that the books will be delayed.
SUS/E3/238   26 May [?1848]
Letter from S.A. Dunham at Hill's Hotel, Charing Cross, to J.B. Nichols at London, apologising for his delayed reply but his note was thrown away by a servant, returning two Surtees volumes which he has reviewed for the Atlas and the Athenaeum, and offering to review them for the Gentleman's Magazine, although perhaps not the Wills and Inventories volume as “he could not possibly praise the selection ... made with little judgement”.
SUS/E3/239   27 March 1848
Letter from J.H. Parker at Oxford to J.G. Nichols, saying he has been referred to him by Mr Raine with his enquiry about volumes not received.
SUS/E3/240   6 April 1848
Letter from George Ormerod at Ledbury Park, Chepstow, to J.G. Nichols, expects the books which will make his set of the publications “of the dissolved Society” complete, and he does not owe any arrears as he resigned in 1844.
SUS/E3/241   4 May 1848
Letter from George Ormerod at Ledbury Park, Chepstow, to J.G. Nichols apologising that he evidently did not receive his 6 April letter as he had now received a further demand for a subscription, and returning his Camden receipt as the year was not filled in.
SUS/E3/242   [6 June 1848]
Letter from S. Bentley to [John] Bowyer [Nichols], saying he has written to Mr H. [Henderson] about his [Surtees] account
SUS/E3/243   13 June 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to J.G. Nichols urging him to raise funds to ensure Messrs Bentley, the binders and himself can be paid, he will suggest to Council that the editors (“who have not in any way withdrawn their claims”) are paid last, a “very considerable sum”, discusses various subscribers - Morice, Lylsey, Pickering, Gilbert Henderson.
SUS/E3/244   1848
Letter to John [G. Nichols] concerning Mr Bentley's bill for Surtees work.
SUS/E3/245   22 August 1848
Letter from Richard Slocombe at Leeds to J.G. Nichols at London asking about the price of [Joseph] Hunter's [South Yorkshire: the history and topography of the deanery of] Doncaster and sending him his Surtees volumes which he has yet to receive.
SUS/E3/246   2 October 1848
Letter from William Henderson at Durham [to J.G. Nichols] asking for addresses of listed members so he can solicit them for their arrears, detailing the present financial position of a debt of £175 and discussing payments to Nichols and Messrs Bentley with details of the latter's bills for binding various volumes, and suggesting Nichols might waive his commission on the binding.
With Nichols's draft reply adding some further sums and agreeing to waive his claim to commission on the binding.
SUS/E3/247   2 November 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to J.G. Nichols at London reporting on the general meeting that a large deficiency was noted and that “it is contemplated to remodel the Society in July next”, and asking him to send his account so that he can pull together all the financial information “scattered through many letters” in one account.
SUS/E3/248   6 November 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to J.G. Nichols at London about the accounts and warning of an impending circular about the late general meeting's proceedings.
SUS/E3/249   16 December 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to J.G. Nichols at London sending him payment for packing.
SUS/E3/250   24 December [?1838]
Letter from C.G.Y. [Young] to J.G. Nichols at London, having received the Mainsforth library sale catalogue with the 4th part of the History of Durham advertised on the back, in which he hopes a piece about John Taylor's memorial in Whickham will be inserted.
See also SUS/E3/255 below.
SUS/E3/251   29 December 1848
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to J.G. Nichols about packages received and volumes despatched by Andrews.
SUS/E3/252   23 December 1848
Letter from J. Forshall at the British Museum to James Raine thanking the Surtees Society for the present of copies of vols.19-21.
SUS/E3/253   [?c.1840]
Part of a letter [from James Raine to J.G. Nichols] sending [an advertisement of Surtees Society volumes available] for the Gentleman's Magazine, asking for Robert H. Allan to become a member of the Camden Society, he and Mr Ward have received their volumes, is he awaiting “some notice” from Raine before publishing “the York seal” in the Gentleman's Magazine?
SUS/E3/254   28 November [1842]
Letter from John Gough Nichols to Sir Charles Young saying he has received a letter from Blackwells which blames Raine for the delay.
See also SUS/E3/152.
SUS/E3/255   5 February 1838
Printed notice and transcript of a memorial inscription to John Taylor, died 5 August 1822, in Whickham church, [?from the Gentleman's Magazine].
See also SUS/E3/250 above.
SUS/E3/256   27 January 1849
Letter from William Henderson at 16 South Bailey, Durham, to J.G. Nichols asking him to remit money to him as he is making up his balance prior “to transferring the keeping of the accounts to another gentleman”.
SUS/E3/257   2 February 1849
Letter from William Henderson at Durham to J.G. Nichols receipting his money.
SUS/E3/258   29 January 1849
Printed circular from James Raine at Crook Hall advertising a general meeting on 7 February at Ward's Waterloo Hotel at 2pm to “take into consideration the re-modelling of the Society.”
SUS/E3/259   [?1844]
Letter from J. Raine to J.G. Nichols about copy, listing new members and 6 volumes in the press, urging haste with the Bursar's Book, and reporting that Nichols's letter has not reached Greenwell.
SUS/E3/260   [?1844]
Printed list of the Society's publications, vols.1-18, with details of prices and publishers.
SUS/E3/261   19 March 1834
Draft letter from J.G.N. [Nichols to James Raine] suggesting that Surtees's sudden and premature death will need recounting to the readers of the Gentleman's Magazine and suggesting a text (not present) taken from one of [Raine's] letters and an announcement about the History [of Durham].
SUS/E3/262   [?1847]
Draft lists of subscribers for 1841-1847 [by J.G. Nichols].
SUS/E3/263   [1840s]
List of subscribers to Surtees's [History of] Durham, (only W.S. Surtees).
SUS/E3/264   [1843]
Printed Camden Society laws with the auditors' report comprising an account for 30 April 1842 to 29 April 1843.
SUS/E3/265   [?1840]
Printed advertisement of Surtees Society publications vols.1-11 with details of stockists.
SUS/E3/266   [?1836]
Printed circular asking for publication suggestions, detailing vols.1 and 2 in the press and outlining the Society's rules, annotated with numbers of members and candidates for admission.
SUS/E4   1841 - 1875
File of inletters to the secretary, mostly about subscriptions, elections of members, suggestions for volumes and the printing of volumes, with some incidental personal information and notes on manuscripts and antiquarian matters, and church business, with occasional bills and other items.
SUS/E4/1   1841
List of attendees at the Society's anniversary dinner, headed by the bishop of Durham.
SUS/E4/2   [1842]
Surtees Society printed rules, list of publications, books in the press, officers and members, and members recently elected and deceased; annotated re the despatch of volumes.
SUS/E4/3   [?1842]
Letter from C.S. [Sir Cuthbert Sharp] to [James] Raine about needing a special acknowledgement before sending a manuscript “after all that has been said & done”, and he will show him some books belonging to the Durham monks Todd and Shotton, citing a Latin book inscription.
SUS/E4/4   6 July 1842
Letter from C.S. [Sir Cuthbert Sharp] to [James] Raine about sending the Bowes manuscript.
SUS/E4/5   15 November 1842
Letter from C.S. [Sir Cuthbert Sharp] to [James] Raine sending and discussing part of his Bowes letters transcript.
SUS/E4/6   5 December 1842
Memorandum of T. [Temple] Chevallier, chairman, of a Council then, reporting that Mr Raine was to send copy minutes to Mr Nichols, that the chairman was to be an auditor and that the meeting was adjourned to 19 December 1842.
SUS/E4/7   9 December 1842
Letter from C.S. [Sir Cuthbert Sharp] to [James] Raine about the delivery of the Bowes manuscript, and his interest in the Pilgrimage of Grace.
SUS/E4/8   [1843]
Bill from Jacob Hills of the King's Head Inn, Richmond for an overnight stay, endorsed “Expenses to Marske”.
SUS/E4/9   [?1843]
Letter from Beriah Botfield about paying his subscription and suggesting ?composition for subscriptions.
SUS/E4/10   [?1843]
Letter from C.S. [Sir Cuthbert Sharp] to [James] Raine discussing the finished Bowes volume.
SUS/E4/11   18 January 1843
Letter from W. [William] Whewell, Trinity [College] Lodge, [Cambridge], suggesting the letters of Mrs Sadler, foundress of the Sadlerian lectureship [in mathematics], of the mid-seventeenth century in the college library as a possible candidate for a Surtees Society volume, advocating their significance but avering from editing them, also suggesting some verses of Carley, who acted in college when he was a student.
SUS/E4/12   15 April 1843
Letter from John Hodgson Hinde at Stelling Hall, [Gateshead], sending his subscription in case he cannot make the meeting.
SUS/E4/13   27 April 1843
Letter from Joseph Hunter of 30 Torrington Square, [London], about Mr Stapleton's work for the society on editing wills, commenting on the volume of York wills and reporting on his own forthcoming publications.
SUS/E4/14   7 August [1843]
Letter from George Waddington reporting that he had instructed Mr Rowlandson to pay his subscription.
SUS/E4/15   12 August [?1843]
Letter from [Sir] C.G. [Charles George] Young at the College of Arms about his subscription being in arrears.
SUS/E4/16   12 August 1843
Letter from J.C. [John Church] Backhouse at Durham to James Raine about the payment of his subscription.
SUS/E4/17   16 August 1843
Letter from Edward Churton at Crayke disputing his subscription, recommending a York manuscript of Thomas de Eccleston, he had viewed the Randall and Hunter manuscripts at Durham, and discussing the spelling and history of Crayke castle.
SUS/E4/18   18 August 1843
Letter from J. [James] Morton at Holbeach about his subscription arrears and forwarding a copy of the Legend of St Katherine.
SUS/E4/19   18 August 1843
Letter from T. [Thomas] Riddell at Masham to [James] Raine bemoaning the poor quality of the printing of the recent Coldingham volume, sending his subscription, and hoping he will come and stay as there is “a third church now nearly ready for consecration”.
SUS/E4/20   22 August [?1843]
Letter from Thomas W. Peile at Repton Priory to [James] Raine about his arrears and back volumes, wishes to resign in favour of the Parker and Anglo-Catholic societies, disappointed he has not visited.
SUS/E4/21   7 September 1843
Letter from Archdeacon H.J. Todd at Settrington, Malton, about paying his arrears and receiving his back volumes.
SUS/E4/22   8 September 1843
Letter from [Cospatrick Alexander Dunglass 11th earl] Home at The Hirzel, Coldstream, to James Raine, secretary, at Crook Hall, refuting any suggestion that his subscription is in arrears as he had set up a standing order, suggesting arrangements for future subscriptions and requesting volumes he had not yet received.
SUS/E4/23   10 September 1843
Letter from [Sir Cuthbert] Sharp at Sunderland to [James] Raine about returning books to the library at Gibside, endorsed “Bowes”.
SUS/E4/24   11 September 1843
Letter from W.E. Surtees at 3 Plowden Buildings, Temple, [London], to James Raine about the arrears of his cousin Fredrick R. Surtees, now in Cape Town.
SUS/E4/25   18 September 1843
Letter from Robert Ingham at Westoe sending his subscription.
SUS/E4/26   19 September 1843
Letter from Edward Churton at Crayke about York engagements preventing his attendance at a meeting, “Thomas of Eccleston”'s work, citing anecdotes from it about Bishop Grosseteste, and discussing the feasibility of printing it.
SUS/E4/27   20 September 1843
Letter from G.E. [George Elwes] Corrie at Kettering to J. [James] Raine about his subscription.
SUS/E4/28   22 September 1843
Letter from John S. Donaldson Selby at Chiswick to James Raine about his subscription arrears and resignation.
SUS/E4/29   29 September [?1843]
Letter from ?J. James ?Tate apologising for missing the meeting, Dr Lingard has received no publications since 1840.
SUS/E4/30   10 October 1843
Leter from D. [David] Laing at the Signet Library to James Raine about his subscription and a duplicate volume.
SUS/E4/31   24 June 1844
Letter from Robert Davies at York describing Mr Thorpe, bookseller, outbidding Sir Frederick Madden for the miracle plays at the sale of the Bright manuscripts, for £305, and his fears for the bookseller's client burying them in the recesses of his library, enquiring after the names Thomas Cutler and Richard Vandyke which appear in them, and also about the survival of any glass from Durham cathedral's Creed windows.
SUS/E4/32   11 November 1844
Letter from Joseph Stevenson to [James] Raine discussing his transcribing of the psalter about which he has written to Greenwell, also the visit of the Townsends to Richmond and the poor mental health of James [Townsend].
SUS/E4/33   24 December 1844
Letter from Francis Newburn at Darlington to [James] Raine about a signed letter re the [proposed] Wear Valley Railway, his support for published translations of the Boldon Book, Hatfield and Skirlaw surveys, and his advocacy of only publishing works in translation to encourage the “unlearned” to become subscribers.
SUS/E4/34   [January 1845]
Memorandum from George Townsend, chairman [of the Society], to James Raine, secretary, that the Council meeting of 23 January 1845 had ordered that £14 14s should be paid to [Joseph] Stevenson for his expenses in London transcribing Anglos-Saxon and Early English psalters.
SUS/E4/35   12 January 1845
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Blackwell to James Raine at Crook Hall about handing over the Society's accounts to Greenwell, grateful for his kind words, has bought 9 volumes of George Allan's Hutchinson from Sotheby's.
SUS/E4/36   18 July 1845
Letter from Thomas Mason at Copt Hewick to James Raine approving of the alterations and proposing Edward John Teale esq as a new member. Enclosing a printed label of the Cour d'Assises du Départment de la Seine Inférieure.
SUS/E4/37   24 September 1845
Letter from George Ornsby at Whickham wishing to resign, endorsed [by Raine] as “not permitted”.
SUS/E4/38   [?1850]
Letter about the publication of the injunctions of Bishop Richard Barnes, proposing the editor's name be affixed to publications, and various other eccentric statements.
SUS/E4/39   8 January [1851]
Letter from Revd Lambert B. Larking at Ryarsh vicarage, Kent, pleading impoverishment for not becoming a member, discussing the wardrobe roll of 1314 in his possession and his transcript of a 1338 extent of Templar and Hospitaller lands and offering any assistance to the Society.
SUS/E4/40   5 February 1851
Letter from Patrick Chalmers at Aldbar, Brechin, to W.G. Henderson about becoming a member and commenting on Panmure barony documents of 1294 and Bishop Antony Bek.
SUS/E4/41   6 February 1851
Letter from Richard Hart at Catton to W.G. Henderson declining the offer to become a member as his benefice is so small, and suggesting the publication of the heraldic visitations of Durham.
SUS/E4/42   27 March [?1851]
Letter from Revd Lambert B. Larking at Ryarsh vicarage, Kent, discussing the [short] northern part of the 1338 extent at Malta of the Templar and Hospitaller lands, suggesting he contacts Mr Woodburn, discussing other documents in Malta in 1839, their possible transcription or removal to England, and his unworthiness to edit material relating to northern counties.
SUS/E4/43   3 November 1852
Letter from Edmund Sharpe at Lancaster to John Pedder declining to become a member.
SUS/E4/44   14 December 1852
Letter from John Hogdson Hinde of Kilmarnock, unable to attend the Council, but proposing Charles Henry Hartshorne of Cogenham rectory as a member.
SUS/E4/45   7 February 1853
Letter from Bernard Quaritch of 16 Castle St, Leicester Square, London, to James Raine at Durham asking to become a member and to have 50 copies of Stevenson's Gospel of St Matthew to sell.
SUS/E4/46   14 February 1853
Letter from George Stephens at 44B Vesterbro, Copenhagen, to the Surtees Society Council decrying the system of book publishing in England as “entirely false” by the rich for the rich, with the poor having to resort to libraries, bemoaning the cost of books in England compared to those on the continent, asking to be made a member and to be given the back numbers he does not have. With his card inserted.
SUS/E4/47   19 February 1853
Letter from Bernard Quaritch at 16 Castle St, Leicester Square, London, to John Pedder, secretary, asking about becoming a member.
SUS/E4/48   23 March 1853
[Copy] letter from John Peddar, secretary, at Castle Hill, Launceston, to Bernard Quaritch reporting the terms of the committee appointed to consider his request to sell 50 copies of the proposed Lindisfarne Gospels volumes.
SUS/E4/49   30 March 1853
Letter from Bernard Quaritch at 16 Castle St, Leicester Square, London, to John Peddar, secretary, declining the offer to sell copies of the Lindisfarne Gospels volume.
SUS/E4/50   2 April 1853
Letter from Prof George Stephens at Copenhagen to Revd J. Pedder at Durham, thanking him for his election to the Society, reporting on his work on a lexicon of “Old North English”, he has corrections for Stevenson's “Rituale Eccl. Dun.”, details of where to send his volumes, and encouraging the printing of as much Old English as possible now that the Aelfric Society is no more.
SUS/E4/51   21 July 1853
Letter from William Rivington at 21 St John's Square, London, to John Pedder asking how many copies of Stevenson's Anglo-Saxon Gospels were going to be printed.
SUS/E4/52   24 November 1853
Letter from Colonel Inigo Jones at Ludford House, Ludlow, to the secretary [Mr Henderson] asking him for information about the history of the Richmond family of Highhead Castle, Cumberland.
SUS/E4/53   6 January 1855
Letter from Albert Way at Wonham, Reigate, suggesting the reduced sale might have been made available to the general public rather than just members, and suggesting a possible exchange of volumes with the [Archaeological] Institute.
SUS/E4/54   [17 March 1855]
Letter from W.G. Henderson at Church St, [Durham], saying he cannot be at the meeting, discussing printing and advertising costs, proposing Lord Vane as a member, auditors need to be appointed, and needs to know of new members.
SUS/E4/55   14 May 1855
Letter from Thomas Gill at Easingwold asking for prospectuses and reporting on his publications re Easingwold chronicles and Roman remains.
SUS/E4/56   16 May 1855
Letter from Timothy Hutton at Clifton to James Raine jr sending money for the publication and his subscription, grateful for the Dodsworth pedigree, will take him to Thornton Hall to view another pedigree, discusses Mrs Dixon and the health of Mrs Hutton.
SUS/E4/57   25 May 1855
Letter from Roscoe Jones, secretary of the Athenaeum, Liverpool, to the Surtees Society asking for the Athenaeum to become a member.
SUS/E4/58   1 June 1855
Letter from Robert Henry Allan at Blackwell Hall to James Raine at Crook Hall contributing towards the Hatfield Survey volume and commending the publicaton of his son [James Raine jr] on Richmondshire wills, “a true chip of the old block”.
SUS/E4/59   11 June 1855
Letter from J. Dixon Clark at the Conservative Club, St James's St, [London], to J. Raine thanking the Society for electing him a vice-president.
SUS/E4/60   11 September 1855
Letter from W. Henderson at Durham to the secretary reporting that Mr Allan has subscribed to the Hatfield Survey and wanting a list of other subscribers.
SUS/E4/61   7 November 1855
Letter from William Henderson at Durham to the secretary about what he needs to do about a printing estimate from Andrews, reporting on the good run of salmon [on the Tweed] but illness has prevented his fishing.
SUS/E4/62   9 November 1855
Letter from W. Henderson at Durham to the secretary asking for the names of those elected at the meeting and for his bill for editing “that most renowned & famous volume the York Wills”.
SUS/E4/63   30 November 1855
Letter from Charles Thorp at the College, Durham, to [James] Raine jr about a meeting and his possible eviction by Prince Albert.
SUS/E4/64   15 December [1855]
Letter from Richard L. Pemberton at Barnes to James Raine jr acknowledging his election as a member and enquiring about the subscription.
SUS/E4/65   15 December 1855
Letter from C.J.D. Ingledew at Northallerton, grateful to be elected a member, enquiring about the subscription.
SUS/E4/66   2 January 1856
Letter from W.N. [William Nicholas] Darnell at Stanhope about becoming a member.
SUS/E4/67   12 January 1856
Letter from William Henderson at Durham to the secretary supplying addresses for Lord A. Vane Tempest, S. Villiers Surtees and Lord Harry Vane, and commiserating on the blunder which will give Andrews “a deal of trouble”, he will keep out of the way until Henrderson has absorbed his wrath.
SUS/E4/68   25 March 1856
Letter from Thomas and James Pigg of 81 Clayton St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, to James Raine jr providing a printing estimate.
SUS/E4/69   [27 May 1856]
Letter from Charles Thorp at Ryton to James Raine jr about the date of a meeting.
SUS/E4/70   31 May 1856
Letter from John Gough Nicholas at 25 Parliament St to James Raine jr reporting progress with binding which he will hasten.
SUS/E4/71   4 June 1856
Letter from Daniel Rock of Holly Grove, Newick, Uckfield, asking for Mr Ram of Ramsfoot, Ireland, to be a member, and discussing BN 943, an Anglo-Saxon pontifical of St Dunstan's time, and also Douai 94, a pontifical formerly of St Thomas Becket, both would be good for the Society to publish, and he would be happy to advise further on them.
SUS/E4/72   9 June 1856
Letter from George Andrews at Durham to [James Raine jr] about the delivery of volumes.
SUS/E4/73   14 June 1856
Letter from Stephen Temple at 15 Upper Gower St, [London], grateful for being elected a member, will pay his subscription.
SUS/E4/74   24 June 1856
Letter from Charles Whitley at Bedlington vicarage to [James] Raine, finding a story about him “bagging” both a pigeon and a crow “really amusing”, and asking who will act as chancellor at Bedlington when the bell is “put in” on Tuesday.
SUS/E4/75   21 July 1856
Letter from J. Browne at Driffield to J. [James] Raine jr at Neville Hall, Newcastle, sending F.C. Matthews's subscription, has induced E.D. Conyers to become a member, and reporting his antiquarian discussions with Mr Robinson over Driffield and Elmswell.
SUS/E4/76   17 December 1863
Bill of William Harrison, printer of Ripon, for seal engravings for the Fountains abbey volume.
SUS/E4/77   23 December 1863
Proforma from J. Raine at York notifying Rev Dr Edleston that, on the nomination of Mr W. Harrison, he had been elected a member on 8 December.
SUS/E4/78   19 August 1865
Letter from J. [James] Raine at York to the duke of Buccleuch, as a surviving founding member, inviting him to become president on the death of the duke of Northumberland, the office being now a permanent one. With a note of the duke's acceptance.
SUS/E4/79   26 February 1868
Bill of A. Johnson, printers of Ripon, to William Oldham for drawing and engraving the seal of Pope Pius III and 5 other seals, with a receipt of 6 April 1868.
SUS/E4/80   2 April 1869
Letter from [?Charles Jackson] at the Reform Club to Edleston re an entry in the forthcoming volume on the de la Pryme diary (vol.54) asking for his assistance re a reference to Sir Isaac [Newton] used by Sir David Brewster in his Life [of Sir Isaac Newton]; his “little birds agree so well in their nests”.
SUS/E4/81   17 May 1869
Bill of O. Jewitt of Camden Square, London, for engraving 4 seals and a view of Fountains abbey.
SUS/E4/82   19 August 1874
Letter from W.G. Henderson at Leeds, sending the Hereford missal and discussing publications of the York and Sarum missals and the price of Surtees volumes.
SUS/E4/83   19 February 1875
Letter from W.G. Henderson at Leeds sending a Surtees report which he had applied to the Surtees secretary for several times in vain.
SUS/E5   1923 - 1950
Secretary's correspondence file of A. Hamilton Thompson
SUS/E5/1   20 August 1923
Order for a Surtees Society volume from Leighton, Son & Hodge, Ltd, of 16 New St Square, London.
SUS/E5/2   7 January 1924
Newspaper cutting celebrating A. Hamilton Thompson's appointment to the chair in medieval history in the university of Leeds.
SUS/E5/3   25 November 1924
Postcard from “SRG” at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, to A.H. Thompson about amending a Hampshire charter date.
SUS/E5/4   4 January 1925
Letter from J.E.C. Welldon at The Deanery, Durham, to A.H. Thompson offering him accommodation on his forthcoming visit to research the association of the dean and four canons as professors of the university.
SUS/E5/5   16 February 1926
Serivce paper for the funeral of Thomas Wortley Drury, DD, master of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, late bishop of Ripon, at Ripon Cathedral.
SUS/E5/6   30 September 1927
Posctard from John Gilson to R.H. Edleston at Gainford requesting the return of the “Holy Island MSS”.
SUS/E5/7   23 November 1928
Letter from the duke of Northumberland at Alnwick Castle apologising for being unable to attend the Council meeting on 4 December, with a draft agenda on the dorse.
SUS/E5/8   27 November 1928
Copy letter from H. Dunkerley at Garden Village, Hull, to the secretary sending “a parchment appointing Robert Surtees a 1st Lieutenant in the Royal Company of Elvet Volunteers”, found amongst very old papers going to the paper mills for destruction, and enquiring abou the availability of copies of Handley Cross. Endorsed with notes for a Council meeting.
SUS/E5/9   30 November 1928
Letter from Eric Milner-White at King's College, Cambridge, to A.H. Thompson about his proposal for a book on the [stained] “small glass” in the side chapels on which, bar Dr James, he is the authority, but he is a slow worker and might take a year about it.
SUS/E5/10-13   March 1947
Printed circulars about the recent non-appearance of volumes and an increase to subscriptions.
SUS/E5/14   4 December 1949
Letter from A.H. Thompson at Lechlade to [Canon] Greenslade about breaking his arm, and taking his place at the imminent Council. On the back are notes for the meeting.
SUS/E5/15   3 May 1950
Letter from A.H. Thompson at Beaufort Mansions, London, to [Canon] Greenslade about his poor health, his absence from the imminent meeting which he hopes Greenslade will take, his resignation as secretary, progress on vols 158 and 159 and others, and his suggestions for further vice-presidents.
SUS/E5/16   4 May 1950
Letter from A.H. Thompson at Beaufort Mansions, London, to the bishop [of Durham, as president of the Society], tendering his resignation as secretary as his health and memory are now poor.
SUS/E5/17   10 May 1950
Letter from A.H. Thompson at Beaufort Mansions, London, to Offler asking him to take over as secretary and reporting on progress with volumes.
SUS/E5/18   [May 1950]
?Draft letter from Offler to A.H. Thompson saying he will discuss his secretary proposal.
SUS/E5/19   15 May 1950
Letter from A.H. Thompson at Beaufort Mansions, London, to Offler awaiting his “answer with hope”.
SUS/E5/20   29 May 1950
Letter from A.H. Thompson at Beaufort Mansions, London, to [Canon] Greenslade, hopeful that Offler will succeed, reporting on progress with volumes 158-162.
SUS/E5/21   14 June 1950
Letter from A.H. Thompson at Beaufort Mansions, London, to [Canon] Greenslade, reporting on volumes 158-162, arrangements for his visit, glad that Offler has accepted [to be secretary] and delighted to be elected a vice-president.
SUS/E6   August 1950 - December 1965
Secretary's correspondence file of H.S. Offler
containing in and copy out-letters about subscriptions, their arrears and payment, requests for back numbers, elections of members and vice-presidents, proposals for volumes, the charity status of the Society in 1955, changing the binding colour 1963, insurance and enquiries about reprinting volumes.
SUS/E7   June 1962 - November 1996
Secretary's correspondence file re appointments and resignations of officers and vice-presidents.
SUS/E8   January 1966 - December 1969
Secretary's correspondence file of W.A.L. Seaman
containing in and copy out-letters about sales of volumes, new headed notepaper, permissions to publish extracts, enquiries about reprinting (draft agreements, agreement with Dawsons of 26 January 1967 and stock lists), transfer of back stock from the House of Andrew to William Dawson & Sons (in Folkestone) 1967, enquiries about backstock, distribution of leaflets, updating of directories, possible volumes, rules changes, and apologies re meetings.
SUS/E9   June 1967 - April 1979
Secretary's correspondence file of W.A.L. Seaman, then A.J. Piper, with the editor, C.R. Hudleston, about meetings, forthcoming volumes, increasing problems of travel from Ambleside, problems with the printers (Northumberland Press), editorial procedures and resignations.
SUS/E10   April 1970 - June 1974
Secretary's correspondence file of W.A.L. Seaman
containing in and copy out-letters about sales of volumes, permissions to publish extracts, the end of Bernard Quaritch's sales of Surtees stock March 1973, enquiries about backstock, distribution of leaflets, updating of directories, restoration of James Raine's and Robert Surtees's tombstones, possible volumes, rules changes, apologies re meetings, and the donation of a portrait of Robert Surtees to Durham County Record Office to display on the searchroom wall.
SUS/E11   May 1972 - October 1974
Secretary's correspondence file of W.A.L. Seaman
concerning the possible transfer of the Durham Palatinate records from London to Durham on the abolition of the chancery court of the county palatine of Durham and Sadberge, including minutes of a sub-committee of Council, copies of relevant documents and other representations from local history societies, and the final decision of the Lord Chancellor's Advistory Committee on Public Records, reported by A.D.M. Oulton of the Lord Chancellor's Office on 17 October 1974, to retain the records in London.
SUS/E12   July 1974 - September 1979
Secretary's correspondence file of A.J. Piper
containing in and copy out-letters about subscriptions, sales of back numbers, permissions to publish extracts, housing of the stock by the university library, stock lists, proposals for volumes, surveys of learned societies, discussion of microfiche editions with Chadwyck-Healey 1977, termination of the agreement with Dawsons June 1979 and the return of the stock to Durham, recruitment of new members, the disposal of Greenslade's books and the transfer of E1&2 above by Offler July 1978.
SUS/E13   October 1979 - October 1984
Secretary's correspondence file of A.J. Piper
containing in and copy out-letters about subscriptions, their arrears and payment, orders for back copies, requests for volumes not received and their despatch, enquiries about membership, resignations, possible publication proposals not taken up, possible reviews, the membership and meetings of Council, genealogical enquiries, requests for information in particular volumes, enquiries about R.S. Surtees, and the insertion of flyers in volumes.
SUS/E14   January 1985 - March 1997
Secretary's correspondence file of A.J. Piper
containing in and copy out-letters about subscriptions, their arrears and payment, orders for back copies, requests for volumes not received and their despatch, enquiries about membership, possible publication proposals not taken up, possible reviews, the membership and meetings of Council, genealogical enquiries, requests for information in particular volumes, enquiries about Surtees family members and R.S. Surtees, the acquisition of early Society letters from Raine's time [?E4] in 1986, and requests for employment.
SUS/E15   January 1999 - December 2000
Secretary's correspondence file of Alan Heesom/Lynda Rollason, with contributions particularly from Ian Doyle and Barrie Dobson
featuring decisions about weeding financial records, discussions with Boydell and Brewer about their taking over publishing the Society's volumes including the agreement signed 7 December 1999, the physical transfer of the Society's backstock with lists and descriptions of the volumes still in print, reordering the Society's affairs and establishing secretarial support, copyright, and a proposal for electronic publication.
SUS/E16   January 2001 - October 2003
Secretary's correspondence file of Lynda Rollason, on occasion assisted by David Rollason featuring discussions about and a working party on possible electronic publication by Bell and Howell, copyright, a change of president, adverts in Northern History, a celebratory lunch for the outgoing president at The Three Tuns, the treatment of authors, and administrative requirements of the History dept.
SUS/E17   September 2001 - March 2003
Secretary's correspondence file of Lynda Rollason re establishing the copyright holders of past volumes and seeking the agreement of those holders to assign their copyright in their volumes to the Society.
SUS/E18   February 2004 - August 2005
Secretary's correspondence file of Anne Orde
featuring Beriah Botfield, Durham Castle in the Commonwealth and the digitisation of Anglo-Norman texts from Society volumes.
SUS/E19   December 2010 - December 2013
Annual reports for the faculty of Arts and Humanities 2009/10-2012/13 compiled by the secretary Michael Stansfield.
Paper file
Editor's files
Reference: SUS/F
Published volumes
Reference: SUS/FA
Dates of creation: 1964 - 2014
Files of correspondence about the production of individual volumes, including discussions of proofs, printing, and reviews, between the general editor (C.R. Hudleston and then A.J. Piper), on occasion the secretary, the editors of individual volumes, and the printers (Northumberland Press Ltd of Gateshead, then James Hall (Leamington Spa) Ltd, Roger Booth Associates of Newcastle, and the Athenaeum Press Ltd of Newcastle).

SUS/FA107   January 1964 - January 1965 & November 1972
Vol.107, Rites of Durham, ed J.T. Fowler, reprint, with the destruction of the film in 1971.
SUS/FA176   June 1966
Vol.176, Ancient petitions relating to Northumberland, ed C.M. Fraser.
SUS/FA177   April 1965 - March 1967
Vol.177, Register of Thomas Langley vol.v, ed R.L. Storey.
SUS/FA178   May 1965 - December 1966 & August 1974
Vol.178, Correspondence of Sir James Clavering, ed H.T. Dickinson.
SUS/FA179   December 1966 - February 1968
Vol.179, Durham episcopal charters 1071-1152, ed H.S. Offler.
SUS/FA180   July 1967 - May 1969
Vol.180, Disbursements book (1691-1709) of Sir Thomas Haggerston, ed A.M.C. Forster.
SUS/FA181   January 1968 - April 1973
Vols.181 & 184, Records of the company of shipwrights of Newcastle upon Tyne 1622-1967, vols.i & ii, ed D.J. Rowe.
SUS/FA182   June 1967 - June 1971
Vol.182, Register of Thomas Langley vol.vi, ed R.L. Storey.
SUS/FA183   November 1968 - August 1973
Vols.183 & 185, Parliamentary surveys of the bishopric of Durham, vols.i & ii, ed D.A. Kirby.
SUS/FA186   February 1967 - January 1975
Vol.186, York Memorandum Book, vol.iii, ed J.W. Percy.
SUS/FA187   January 1973 - April 1976
Vol.187, Royal visitation of 1559: act book for the Northern province, ed C.J. Kitching.
SUS/FA188   February 1975 - May 1977
Vol.188, Lonsdale Documents [1797-1804], ed E. Playne & G. de Boer.
SUS/FA189   February 1972 - May 1980
Vol.189, Commercial papers of Sir Christopher Lowther 1611-1644, ed D.R. Hainsworth.
SUS/FA190   March 1972 - April 1979 & August 1982
Vol.190, Meditations of Lady Elizabeth Delaval 1662-1671, ed D.G. Greene.
SUS/FA191   January 1971 - June 1980
Vol.191, Lowther family estate papers 1617-1675, ed C.B. Phillips.
SUS/FA192   March 1971 - January 1981
Vol.192, York city chamberlains' account rolls 1396-1500, ed R.B. Dobson.
SUS/FA193   November 1977 - June 1982
Vol.193, A seventeenth century flora of Cumbria [Bishop William Nicholson's Flora], ed E.J. Whittaker.
SUS/FA194   December 1978 - January 1983
Vol.194, Northern petitions ... in the fourteenth century, ed C.M. Fraser.
SUS/FA195   April 1978 - September 1985
Vol.195, Diary of John Young, Sunderland chemist and Methodist lay preacher, 1841-1843, ed G.E. Milburn.
SUS/FA196   April 1975 - June 1986
Vol.196, Songs from the manuscript collection of John Bell [d.1864], ed D.I. Harker with F. Rutherford.
SUS/FA197   July 1978 - May 1989
Vol.197, Letters of Henry Liddell to William Cotesworth [1708-17], ed J.M. Ellis.
SUS/FA198   [1989]
Vol.198, Durham cathedral priory rentals, volume 1, bursar's rentals, ed R.A. Lomas & A.J. Piper. Reviews only.
SUS/FA199   June 1988 - April 1991
Vol.199, Durham quarter sessions rolls 1471-1625, ed C.M. Fraser with K. Emsley.
SUS/FA200   April 1989 - June 1992
Vol.200, Raine miscellany, ed A. Marsden, including a photocopy of DCL MS Raine 132.
SUS/FA201   November 1991 - December 1993
Vol.201, Darlington wills and inventories 1600-1625, ed B. Flynn, J. Atkinson, V. Portass, K. Singlehurst, H.J. Smith.
SUS/FA202   May 1992 - May 1995
Vol.202, The Customs Accounts of Newcastle upon Tyne 1454-1500, ed J.F. Wade.
SUS/FA203   October 1991 - June 1997
Vol.203, The Lanercost cartulary, ed J.M. Todd.
SUS/FA204   July 1999 - April 2000
Vol.204, Songs of the North-East Pitmen, ed D.I. Harker.
SUS/FA205   April 1999 - March 2002
Vol.205, The Justicing Notebook (1750-64) of Edmund Tew, Rector of Boldon, ed G. Morgan and P. Rushton, including a review.
SUS/FA206   September 2002 & November 2013
Vol.206, The Diary of Thomas Giordani Wright, Newcastle Doctor 1826-1829, ed. A. Johnson, review and email re an additional diary turning up November 2013.
SUS/FA207   April 1997 - November 2004
Vol.207, Thomas Denton: A Perambulation of Cumberland, 1687-1688, ed A.G.L. Winchester.
SUS/FA208   February 2002 - December 2004
Vol.208, The Cartulary of Byland Abbey, ed J. Burton.
SUS/FA209   June 2005 - [2008]
Vol.209, Sir Thomas Gray: Scalacronica, 1272-1363, ed. A. King, including reviews.
Paper, 2f
SUS/FA210   May 2006 - September 2007
Vol.210, Matthew and George Culley: Farming Letters, 1798-1804, ed. A. Orde, including a review.
SUS/FA211   December 1983 - September 2008
Vol.211, The Northumberland Eyre Roll for 1293, ed C.M. Fraser, including a Northern History review.
Paper, 1f
SUS/FA212   September 2009
Vol.212, Records of the Borough of Crossgate, Durham 1312-1531, ed R.H. Britnell, Northern History review only.
SUS/FA213   March 2011
Vol.213, John Denton's History of Cumberland, ed A.J.L. Winchester, Northern History review only.
Paper, 2f
SUS/FA214   September 2011
Vol.214, Sunderland Wills and Inventories, 1600-1650, ed J. Briggs, R. McGhee, J. Smith, J. Tindall, A. Tumman, X. Webster, Northern History review only.
Paper, 1f
SUS/FA215   October 2004 - September 2012
Vol.215, The Letters of George Davenport, ed Brenda Pask with Margaret Harvey, correspondence between Pask and Harvey, and also initially A.I. Doyle and later Adrian Green, about issues with the transcription of the letters and the editing of the volume with Brenda's Pask deteriorating eyesight; also an invite to its launch and reviews in Northern History and Lincoln Record Society News Review.
Paper file
SUS/FA216   December 2005 - May 2013
Vol.216, The Religious Census of 1851 Northumberland and Durham, ed Alan Munden, correspondence between Munden and Margaret Harvey, then Alan Heesom, also with Boydells about the editing and publication of the volume, with some sample proofs and drafts, including an early complete draft.
Paper file including a CD
SUS/FA217   December 2012 - November 2014
Vol.217, Letters of John Buddle to Lord Londonderry: 1820-1843, ed Anne Orde, Alan Heesom's file of correspondence with the editor and Boydell, including H-Net and Northern History reviews.
Paper file, including 2 CDs and a USB stick
SUS/FA218   March - April 2015
Vol.218, Durham Priory Accounts. 1277-1310, ed Richard Britnell, Northern History (March 2015) and Speculum (April 2015) reviews.
Paper file
SUS/FA221   March 2014 - April 2017
Vol.221, Morpeth electoral correspondence 1766-1776, ed. Joseph Fewster, Alan Heesom's file of correspondence with the editor and Boydell.
1 file
Proposals not published
Reference: SUS/FB
Dates of creation: 1958 - 2011
SUS/FB1   December 1958 - October 1974
Correspondence, mostly of Roy Hudleston, with authors and printers, especially about proposals for volumes which did not happen, including:
- Fine Roll Northern Rebels - Neville Williams. December 1958 - Novemeber 1966.
- Archbishop Tobie Matthew's memorials - Bernard Barr. February 1964 - November 1966.
- Meaux cartulary - Christopher Cheney & F.W. Brooks. July - August 1964.
- Archiepiscopal visitation of Carlisle 1693 - Bruce Jones, Norah Gurney, Maureen Patch. May 1966 - May 1970.
- Council in the North material - Norah Gurney. February - March 1967.
- Bishop Appleby's register. March 1967.
- Bishop Gastrell's notitia - John Addy. October 1967 - February 1968.
- Brockett papers - Norman McCord. September - October 1968.
- Fountains Abbey stock-book - David J.H. Michelmore. December 1969 - January 1970.
- Bishop Henson's journals - Dean J.H.S. Wild. January 1972 - June 1973.
- Archbishop Tobie Matthew's sermons - Joseph B. Gavin. November 1972 - July 1973.
SUS/FB2   August 1974 - October 1990
Unpublished project - correspondence with examples of material re Medieval Deeds of Durham City, A.J. Piper, Margaret Camsell/Bonney, Barrie Dobson.
SUS/FB3   July 1975 - May 1989
Abandoned project - correspondence, with photocopies of original documents, re River Wear Commissioners' records, C.R. Hudleston and A.J. Piper with Stuart Miller
SUS/FB4   December 1975 - November 1991
Unpublished project - correspondence with examples re 1792 Northumberland clergy visitation returns, A.J. Piper, Margaret McCollum, Bill Maynard and Prof W.R. Ward.
SUS/FB5   February 1978 - December 1992
Correspondence of A.J. Piper with authors and printers, especially about proposals for volumes which did not happen, including:
- Egremont estate correspondence - Michael Turner & Bruce Jones. June 1980 - November 1983.
- Duchy of Northumberland household and estate instructions - Colin Shrimpton.January - March 1984.
- Durham Paving Commissioners' records - David Butler. November 1984.
- Thomas Sopwith's diaries - S.M. Linsley. c.1990.
- York silkweavers' account book - Sylvia Hogarth. February - April 1991.
- Archdeacon John Sharp's sermons - Françoise Deconinck-Brossard. May 1992 - December 1995.
- Lord Dacre's correspondence - Paul S. MacDonald. September - December 1992.
- Chaytor letters - Sue Chaytor. November - December 1992.
SUS/FB6   November 1986 - November 1989
Unpublished project - correspondence, with transcripts and photocopies of originals, re Marquess of Londonderry and John Buddle correspondence 1819-1843 (DCRO D/Lo/C142), A.J. Piper and Roy Sturgess.
SUS/FB7   November 1988 - September 1995
Unpublished project - correspondence with examples of material re Northern King's Bench Ancient Indictments 1461-1547, A.J. Piper, Richard Hoyle
SUS/FB8   February 1997 - December 1999
Correspondence re unpublished projects:
- James Losh - Jeffrey Smith. February - June 1997.
- Reginald's St Cuthbert's Miracles, Margot Johnson. January 1998.
- County Durham Hearth Tax Returns Lady Day 1666, Mrs Nesta Evans. April 1998 - December 1999.
SUS/FB9   June 1985 - July 1997
Peter Clack's word processed edition (most of the text submitted in 1993) of Bishop Cosin's 1662 Survey of Durham Diocese (with person and place indexes) (DCL Sharpe 167), with covering letters.
4 paper files
SUS/FB10   May 1989 - April 2005
Correspondence with Henry Summerson about and samples of text for a proposed volume of documents about Carlisle 1092-1500.
Paper file
SUS/FB11   April 1993 - March 1997
Elizabeth Briggs's edition of the Durham Liber Vitae, draft texts and correspondence.
2 paper files
SUS/FB12   [c.1980]
Transcript of Captain Sanderson's Diary and his correspondence from the Calendar of State Papers Domestic Charles II.
Paper file
SUS/FB13   January - July 2005
Richard Hoyle's edition of the Customs and Orders of the Lordship of Ravenstonedale (Cumbria RO, D/Lons), text and correspondence.
Paper file
SUS/FB14   [2011]
Draft text of “Foundation Documents from St Mary's Abbey, York, 1085-1137”, by Richard Sharpe, Nicholas Karn, Michael Gullick, Janet Burton and Peter Young.
Paper file
Other Editor's files
Reference: SUS/FC
SUS/FC1   [1984]
Surtees book spine plate and negatives of the crest.
Publications
Reference: SUS/G
SUS/G1   1956
Surtees Society Report, Rules, Publications and List of Members 1956
The report covers 1955-1956. The booklet also has a statement of accounts for the year ended 31 December 1955. With amendments. 2 copies.
SUS/G2   [1968]
Surtees Society Constitution, Publications and List of Members
Includes also a list of society officers, future publications and statement of accounts for the year to 31 December 1968.
Paper booklet, 32p
SUS/G3   [1977]
Printed flyer with a brief history of the Society, forthcoming volumes, an application form for membership and a banker's order.
SUS/G4   2001
Catalogue of publications, incorporating an order form.
Lists
SUS/H1   [c.1980]
Handlist to E1 and E2 with an index to the correspondents in E3.
SUS/H2   [c.2005]
List, with some details, of Surtees Society publications 1-186, 196, 204, 208.
Paper file
SUS/H3   November 2005
List of Surtees Society Publications, their title, date, language, editor and brief description, by Alex Rawes, for many of volumes 1-147
Paper file
Miscellaneous
SUS/I1   1830
James Raine, North Durham part I (London: John Bowyer Nichols and Son, and George Andrews, Durham, 1830). Presentation copy, still in printed paper cover, to John Donaldson (after 1839 he became Donaldson-Selby) with 3 letters to him from Raine.
1 volume
Presented by Michael Walker, May 2018 (Misc.Acc.2017/18:90)
SUS/I1/1   16 March 1830
Letter from James Raine, Durham, presenting a copy of his North Durham to Donaldson.
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Index terms
Raine, James, 1791-1858, author
Donaldson-Selby, John Strangeways, 1794-1860
SUS/I1/2   1 November 1834
Letter from James Raine, Durham, to Donaldson, about returning papers that he had lent him and the outbreak of cholera on Holy Island.
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Index terms
Raine, James, 1791-1858, author
Donaldson-Selby, John Strangeways, 1794-1860
SUS/I1/3   22 August 1845
Letter from James Raine, Durham, to Donaldson, thanking him for help with information for North Durham and about the Ford suit (legal case at Durham regarding tithes).
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Index terms
Raine, James, 1791-1858, author
Donaldson-Selby, John Strangeways, 1794-1860