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Lord Kenyon fears the spread of Popery in the English Church.
Lord Kenyon, Philander Chase, Church of England, Anglican Church, Protestant Church, Puseyism, Puseyites, Popery, Jesuits
Kenyon, Lord, "Letter to Philander Chase" (1849). Philander Chase Letters. 1339.
Nov’r 9 1849
My dearest Bishop
I have read with great interest & may I add with entire [concurrence] of feeling [controversial] publication in the principles of C [Leslie] & [?] Jones, only wish we had more of these among our Bishops & dignitaries. The high importance of our Sacraments and of the Ministers of our Blessed Lord’s religion of His own appointment & not by the Will of Man no one can venerate more than I do -- and no one can more deeply lament than I do when it seems that those who are so placed in there seem to think of their own personal consequence or authority necessarily [exerting] [dislike] to that which thro’ out ought exhibit as little as possible of self & as much as possible of humble devotion to Him from whom all proceeds. The unhappy effect of our Puseyite party here is too surely [tending] to promote Popery which especially thro’ the artful influence of the Jesuits [?] that [?] value tow’ds the pure Protestant Episcopacy of our Church & of yours in America ought naturally to increase its spread. It is very sad to see to see[sic] it so plainly and to perceive the [?] in families created by it. The declaration in Bishop [?]’s Charge was a matter [?] [?] to [?] [for] so jealous & not devoted a Xtian as he is, much produce weight by what he writes. In [our] Parish here we have just got a very nice Clergyman [at] after much neglect wh we have endured is a [?] blessing to see, and my precious Marianne a true Churchwoman enjoys it mist gratefully towd’s [them] from whom such graces mercifully proceed. She & all my flock thank God are well. All present she alone is with me. Our Country is just peaceable & I have little reason to complain of the times, as I was never better off as to money affairs, only the demands increase on me so as preclude me from doing much that I wish to do. I was at my Schools yesterday & much comforted by true Church of england Education the sole object of my desire. I only wish I could give it a greater extent. We have had no Visitation of Cholera thank God, & are next week going under the authority of a Queens Letter [?] publick thanks to the Almighty fruits, almost entire [?]. I only wish the public acknowledgement had been offered long ago. The style in which now the Queen is made to express Herself is very satisfactory. I only wish there was more uniform [affection] towards our Venerable Church shown by Her Majesty. I am very jealous of sort of German feelings wh seem occasionally to prevail Dear Mrs Marriott & er Daughters are [partly] well & her sons amiable I believe, but misled some times I think. Ever my dearest Bishop begging your blessing on me and mine Believe me your most affectionate Kenyon