Davidson, Randall, First Baron Davidson (1848 – 1930)
Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, Lambeth Palace, 1 June 1927. Written to a lady who was seeking to advance her minister – brother and parish assignment. Vertical fold and light toning, otherwise good.
Davidson was the first Baron Davidson of Lambeth and Archbishop of Canterbury. At the time he was the longest holder of office since the English Reformation. Ironically, his education was mostly in small private schools that he later described as unsatisfactory and long lamented his lack of proficiency in Latin and Greek. He went on to study at Harrow and Trinity College, Oxford.
Davidson was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1903 and remained in office until his resignation in 1928. He was also the first Archbishop of Canterbury to retire, all of his predecessors having died in office (sounds familiar does it not — Benedict XVI). One Church of England historian considered Davidson one of the two or three greatest Archbishops of Canterbury.