COLENSO, John William, Bishop of Natal. 17224



A long Autograph Letter Signed, to “My dear Heale”, a heart felt letter of condolence, adding that he, Colenso, is “very much occupied with a variety of business connected with my future labours”. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, slightly dusty, in good condition. Forncett St Mary, 23 July 1853. “I shall greatly value your prayers and sympathies amidst the unknown difficulties of my future lot.” John William Colenso (1814-83), Bishop of Natal. In 1846 he became rector of Forncett St Mary, Norfolk, and in 1853 he was recruited by the Bishop of Cape Town, Robert Gray, to be the first Bishop of Natal. Charged with heresy in 1863 by his superior, Bishop Gray of Cape Town, Colenso was finally deprived of his see in 1869. Nevertheless, Colenso remained in situ. He composed a grammar, a dictionary and a New Testament translation in Zulu.