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CHAPTER II

THE ARCHDEACON OF LONDON

The Ven. William Macdonald Sinclair, D.D.

LONDON UNDER FOUR BISHOPS.

“Good, the more
Communicated, more abundant grows.”

Milton (Paradise Lost).

The Days of Youth—Early Bent for the Church—At Repton under Dr Pears—In Distinguished Company at Oxford: Liddon, Pusey and Jowett—Resident Chaplain to Dr Jackson—Parochial Work at Westminster—Chaplain-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria—Archdeacon of London: Some of His Views—Prevailing Tone of Church Thought in the Seventies—Self-devotion and Earnestness of the Clergy—The Bishops: Dr Jackson, Dr Temple, Dr Creighton, Dr Ingram—Changes at St Paul's—The Church not keeping Pace with the Growth of Population—Remarkable Statistics—About Thanksgiving and Memorial Services—Social Institutes—Poverty of the Clergy and the Dearth of Curates.

According to the last census returns, the population of London totalled a little over 4,536,000, showing the enormous increase of 308,000 when compared with the figures for 1891. Here we have indisputable proof of the rapid growth of the metropolis, and, although the idea may not have occurred to everyone with the same force,

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