Josiah Allport



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Josiah Allport continues his efforts to muster funds for Jubilee College. He asks for a copy of the second volume of Reminiscences for Mr. Horne, who is working on a new edition of his earlier work. Allport himself continues his translation of Expositio ad Colossenses and continues to fear the influence of Cardinal Newman on the Protestant Church.




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Birmingham April 2


Right Rev’d & dear Sir;

Your favour of I believe Jan’y 27th which came to hand about a fortnight ago, was as a cordial to my heart. I do rejoice & thank God, that after such a fearful accident you are so far recovered as to be able to give your friends such hopes as your letter to me inspires that you are preserved on Christ Jesus for the completion of the work you have in hand to his praise & glory & the future benefit of his Church in your distant parts. The Lord let his good hand rest upon you abundantly & his grace strengthen & enlarge you more & more!

I trust that by this time, if not, long ere you get this you will receive a letter forwarded by me at the beginning or March & containing Messrs Barings letter of Credit for the 100£ I am trying what I can do further & have £20 more in hand. On the receipt of your last favour I sent it to your good friend Dr Rumsey[sic] & he has caught at the idea of a Printing Press for Jubilee & will try what he can do on that subject as I also shall. But should we not succeed as we wish, are you willing that I should put what I have in hand & may further obtain to such a purpose? I hope a friend in Edinburgh may be able to send me some help.

But in every direction we have something going on for the [?] or enlargement of our Master’s Kingdom & to such an extent & in such a variety of ways as was unknown till withing the last few years, so that people who are ever so generously disposed are obliged to divide their means among a numerous list of applications.

I sent my good & esteemed friend Mr Hartwell [?] your message to him. His reply is “When you write the good Bishop again preseal my kindest regards to him, & tell him that his Portrait hangs up in my [dining] Parlour & that Mrs H & myself often talk of him & [?] pl[easure] we had in seeing him 20 years ago! Then in[?] I was able to serve him by my pew. But now I cannot for our journals are such organs of [parties] that I [cannot] trust one except the Observer & the Guardian.” This is a lamentable testimony of my friend to the state of things among us; but I have reason to believe it is too true[.] My Horne has not the 2 part of your Reminiscences & says, if you have any chance of sending by a private hand so that you do not put yourself [to] [as] expenses, he should be glad to have that portion. He has just completed a new Edition of his great work [On] Critical [?]” having considerably enlarged the portion on the Apocrypha in consequence of an attach on his former treatment of that barrage, by a great man at home, who has treated it with I believe two 8 no. vols of criticism. It is 46 years, he says since he began to labour on that work. I am myself just completing a IId vol of translation of Bp Davenants works & shall hope to send it to you with a few other Books for your College library towards the end of [this] Month.

I have had a very heavy [day] with it from the nature of the subjects & the Bps scholastic mode of treating them. But I trust it will prove a blessing to the Church in these days of heterodoxy & absurdity. I was much gratified & [diverted] by your remarks on Dr Pusey’s conduct, as also have several of my friends to whom your interesting [?] has [been] either shown or read. You hit exactly the point of the case. It is said that the Romanists [(under Dr [Wesman]] at Oscott near this) are preparing for his reception there. Newman it is believed is giving [?] [tro]uble there is good reason to think that [he is becoming] more of an infidel than anything else, [shewing] the awful risk a man runs in beginning to ramp[art] [& trifle] with principle & truth.

But [I] shall be inconsiderably occupying your time & diverting your attention from more [?] matters. You are more or less on my mind daily & anything & everything I can do to aid your important exertions shall be done. But I fear I have almost done the most I can. Dr Rumsey[sic] sent me a couple of your little publications containing engraving if your College [?] appurtenances-- I mean the Review of Jubilee College by the Rev’d Saml Chase. They have been of considerable service to me, & I wish I had half a [dream] of them; but I am afraid to apply to the Dr lest I should be [?]ing him of what he will make of greater service.

But now, with my sincerest sympathy, earnest wishes & fervent prayers for every blessing temporal & spiritual to rest on you & yours I am, Rt Rev’d & dear Sir

Your unworthy but faithful Serv’t

Josiah Allport

Letter to Philander Chase



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