File 20 - Manning to H.C. Darby

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Manning to H.C. Darby


  • 24th August 1936 (Creation)

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(1892 - 1941)

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Born on December 31st 1892 at Caistor, North Lincolnshire, his father was a Congregational Minister and Manning was particularly close to him. He may have joined the Ministry himself but health complications set him back. While attending the Caistor Grammar School as a boy, he contracted an illness, severe enough to deprive him of the use of one of his lungs. The effect of this was drastic enough for Manning that it was impossible for him to walk at anything faster than a slow walking pace. If the weather was extreme, he would also have troubles breathing.

Manning arrived at Jesus College in 1912 and in 1915, he took his degree with a double first in History. He was awarded the Lightfoot Scholarship in Ecclesiastical History, the subject of which remained his primary passion. In 1917 he was awarded the Thirlwall Prize for one of his essays and during 1916-1918, he was also an editor for 'The Cambridge Review', whilst also being a Bye-Fellow of Magdalene College.

During WWI Manning worked at the Ministry of Munitions, although suffered an attack of tuberculosis whilst there.

In 1919, he became an educational adviser to the Indian Students and held the position for two years. He also returned to Jesus as a Fellow in the same year. In 1920, he was appointed Bursar and held this position for 13 years. His time in the position saw a number of architectural additions to the college, such as 50 sets of rooms for accomodation in the Carpenter Building. Additionally, he was a lecturer in History for the College and later was appointed a University lecturer.

In 1933, the position of Senior Tutor of the College became vacant and Manning was asked to fill the vacancy. Throughout this role, he was known for his afflable nature with undergraduates, maintaining strong relationships with them. As a historian, Manning also published a number of works on ecclestiastical history and similar subjects. Indeed, Manning kept his religion very close to his heart. He died aged 48 on December 8th 1941 at the Evelyn Nursing Home due to heart disease.

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Despite Manning calling this letter a 'mere note', it is a reply involving quite a few subjects.

To begin with, Manning informs Darby of his travel plans, expecting to be back in Cambridge by September 26th.

Next, Manning asks Darby to find the Hall address of a friend named Harry. He cannot remember it himself but gives Darby vague directions and hopes he can find the specific address himself. He has even drawn a basic map to help.

Thirdly, Manning writes about clothes: breeches, a jacket and riding boots. He recommends getting the breeches first so Darby can be measured in them for the boots.

Finally he mentions Bob has been sailing and Darby can write a note to him, addresses to New York. Also along the side, Manning says he deal with the Dedication in a proper letter.

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