WISEMAN, Nicholas P. Cardinal (1802-65)
Spanish-born English cardinal; first archbishop of Westminster with the re-establishment of the Catholic hierarchy in England and Wales in 1850. He spent most of his ecclesiastical career serving the church in various posts: Rector of the English College Rome. Created a cardinal in 1850.
ALS – Autograph Letter Signed, two pages with original stamped mailing envelope, dated 1857. Written to James Yates (1789-1871) an English Unitarian minister and scholar widely respected as an antiquarian. Friendly letter in which Wiseman responds to an inquiry from Yates about the antiquities of Rome, a field very familiar to Wiseman. Accompanied by an original carte-de-visite image of Wiseman (faint but still identifiable).
JAMES YATES was a fellow of the Geological and Royal Society. In 1831 he was appointed secretary to the council of the British Association. Although he practiced as an unordained minister, he was a member of the Presbyterian section of the general body of ministers of the three denominations. He eventually left active ministry in order to pursue scholarly work from Lauderdale House, Highgate where he had a library and a collection of works of art. He was probably the first to see the antiquarian value of the book Sketches at Carnac (1834) authored by his friend Alexander Blair and Francis Ronalds and ensured it was preserved in the Royal Archaeological Institute’s collection. He authored numerous religious and secular works.