HOBHOUSE, Edmund, first Bishop of Nelson, New Zealand. 16357



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Edmund Nelson’, to the Revd. Francis Kilvert, Claverton Lodge, discussing school appointments in the diocese, stating “it is all important to get religiously-minded Masers & Churchmen, who will use their opportunities judiciously”, the establishment of a school in the Warren, four miles from Blenheim, enquiring about John Kilvert who “proposes some sections there”. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, one stain, otherwise good. Nelson NZ, 20 August 1861. Edmund Hobhouse (1817–1904), Bishop of Nelson, New Zealand (1858-1865). The diocese, extending over 20,000 square miles, had a sparse and scattered population, with few roads. Its difficulties were increased by the outbreak of the New Zealand land wars and by the discovery of gold. Hobhouse was diligent in ministering to his scattered flock, was generous in hospitality, provided a residence for the holder of the see, and founded the Bishop’s School. But the work broke down his health; he resigned the see in 1865 and returned home in 1866. Francis Kilvert (1793–1863), English cleric, schoolmaster, antiquary, and literary editor; uncle of the diarist, Francis Kilvert. “The School System of this Province makes no Provision for religious Teaching, but leaves it with the local Committee of Ratepayers – & the Committee (commonly) to the Schoolmasters.”