By E. A. Varley
This portrait of the final Prince Bishop of Durham, William Van Mildert, and his affiliates within the influential excessive Church "Hackney Phalanx," illuminates a little-explored region of Anglican heritage. Drawing greatly on unique correspondence, Dr. Varley outlines the perceptions of the Phalanx within the fight they have been engaged in, the imaginative and prescient of the Church of britain that encouraged them, and the half they performed within the speedy post-1833 reappraisal of Church-state relatives.
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Horsley's apocalyptic speculations, elaborated by G. S. Faber, Vicar of Stockton-upon-Tees, achieved an international reputation. 47 Stevens' group actively supported the exiled French clergy. Horsley wrote commending them to the charity of his St David's clergy: they had been exiled for opposing 'conditions with which conscientious men could not comply', the victims of'inveterate and avowed enemies of God, and of his Christ: who, having succeeded in their nefarious project, to destroy their national church, under the pretence of making room for an universal toleration, do in fact persecute every thing but atheism'.
Of Canterbury and the Bp. of Rochester'. It was probably through this affair that Van Mildert became 'regularly known to his Grace, and . . dined on public days at his table'. 7 Moore, who owed his own career to merit rather than birth, seems to have felt a tenderness for Van Mildert. This influential favour had decisive effects for Van Mildert the following year. In 1800 a small group of lawyers noticed the provision for rewards to informers in Henry VIII's Acts suppressing clerical nonresidence.
The Act removed the prohibition of Episcopalian clergy to minister in Scotland, provided they subscribed the Thirty-nine Articles, but disbarred them from holding preferment or officiating in England. Thurlow bore Horsley no grudge, securing his translation to Rochester in 1793. Stevens, Gaskin, Park and their friends John Richardson and John Bowles afterwards served on the English committee of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleugh's fund for augmenting the incomes of Episcopalian bishops and clergy.
The Last of the Prince Bishops: William Van Mildert and the High Church Movement of the Early Nineteenth Century by E. A. Varley