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Wigton controversy; containing a complete exposure of the literary dishonesty and evasive conduct of a Romish priest. With a refutation of his arguments.
London: 8 Exeter Hall; Nottingham Dearden. Wigton Hoodless. ? 1846 - 8vo., (6) + 112pp., contemporary cloth, spine lettered in gilt. A very good copy with the Hope Trust bookplate on front pastedown. First edition: very scarce. (COPAC and NSTC locate a copy at BL only). The text of a bad-tempered spat between Rev. E.J. Kelly, the Roman Catholic priest of Wigton in south-west Scotland, and Rev. Richard Paul Blakeney (1820-1884), at the time the Anglican vicar of Hyson Green (or 'Ison Green') in Nottinghamshire and a young and vigorous champion of evangelical doctrines in the Church of England. Kelly had, it seems, been challenged to a public debate in Wigton on the merits of Roman Catholicism and was accused by Blakeney of effectively rewriting the previous correspondence between the two parties in order to deceive the citizens of Wigton. But the underlying cause was clearly Kelly's local success in the Wigton area. 'The Church of Rome, by the instrumentality of her 'missionary' Priests, had been long labouring with too much success in the town of Wigton and the neighbourhood to undermine the influence of Protestant truth, and for the perversion of the people to Romish error. 'The British Society for promoting the Religious Principles of the Reformation' hearing of this fact, determined, in God's strength, to take defensive measures for the maintenance of 'The Truth as it is in Jesus', and accordingly a meeting was called in February last for the purpose of hearing the statements of the Rev. R.P. Blakeney, Secretary of the Society, (who had been holding meetings in Penrith, Carlisle, &c. &c.).' [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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