Item 73 - Bishop Cary-Elwes to Fr Heptonstall: Confidential Government letter; An appropriate response

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GB ARCHON 2913 PA21-01-01-73


Bishop Cary-Elwes to Fr Heptonstall: Confidential Government letter; An appropriate response


  • 11 March 1930 (Creation)

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1 page; 2 sides; heading; typescript; copy

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(5 February 1868 (born) to 1 May 1932 (died))

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Born: Nice, France on 5 February 1868
Parents: Valentine Dudley Henry Cary Elwes & (second) wife Alice Geraldine née Ward
Ordained: 30 May 1896
Bishop: Diocese of Northampton from 21 November 1921 to 1 May 1932; consecration 15 December 1921 [principal consecrator was Cardinal Francis Bourne, Archbishop of Westminster, and the principal co-consecrators were Bishop Arthur Doubleday of Brentwood and Bishop Thomas Dunn of Nottingham]
Dies: 1 May 1932, aged 64,
Buried: Great Billing, Northamptonshire

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pre-2018: XNP4

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RCDEA Archive

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A terse letter to Fr Heptonstall regarding the "Secret and Confidential" Government communication: unwise to burn it; over hasty action - should have conferred with RC Chaplain at Halton to establish common response; common sense to send it to your superior - i.e. the Bishop; you cannot afford to undertake work "free gratis for nothing" better to state you cannot comply, instead of a "retirement stunt"; acted too much on impulse - a little habit of yours which does not help and gets you into trouble; your position would have been strengthened if you had taken the same line as others.
Bishop will write to Fr Beauchamp to establish the line the Catholic Chaplains are taking.
Small cheque enclosed for 8 masses with special intentions.

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