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DISTINGUISHED CHURCHMEN

Church at an early age. Another contemporary, most likely, was Canon Mason, the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Cambridge.

From Repton, with religious impressions the more serious because of years of contact with Dr Pears, the youth proceeded to Balliol College, Oxford, with a scholarship, and, like a fellow-scholar, Mr Asquith, he rose to the noted office of President of the Oxford Union Society. Lord Milner, of Capetown, Lord Elgin, Sir Arthur Godley, Sir Henry Craik and Sir Robert Mowbray were all distinguished men of the same period. Liddon, Pusey and Jowett were the leading religious lights. Dr Liddon had lately completed his Bampton Lectures—at any rate, he was in full force; and Dr Pusey was still preaching occasionally from the University pulpit. Professor Jowett, who naturally took the place of leader of the Liberal party in religious thought, would be exercising a very large influence, while the Low Church section would be chiefly represented by men like Canon Christopher (who is still a power), Mr Chavasse (now Bishop of Liverpool), and Canon Linton. But Liddon and Jowett would probably be the two men most interested in the “rising hopes” of Oxford; and of young Sinclair it has been said that he was included among the privileged few to take walks abroad with them—proceedings singularly in accord with the fitness of things, as subsequent events in