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CHAPTER III

THE RIGHT REV. ALFRED BARRY, D.D.

Formerly Bishop of Sydney, Metropolitan of New South Wales and Primate of Australia.

CHURCH INFLUENCE IN GREATER BRITAIN.

“I say that the real and permanent grandeur of these states must be their religion; otherwise there is no real and permanent grandeur.”

Walt Whitman.

A Glimpse of London in the Twenties—Curious Conditions of Church Life—At Cambridge: Fourth among the Wranglers—An Eventful Future—Away to the Australian Colonies—Religion first conveyed to the Convicts—Attempt at Church Organisation in 1829—Church now completely organised—Colonial Federation in Ecclesiastical Matters long ago accomplished—Chinese Congregations—Colonial Church's Double Function: Care for English People and Missionary Expansion—Position of the Clergy.

We live in an age of territoral expansion, and since this policy carries the influence of Great Britain into many lands, few things can afford more interest to the average Briton than the observance of the readiness of fellow-subjects across the seas to adopt the laws, customs and religion of the Mother Country. So entirely is this spirit of emulation abroad that we are brought to speak of “Greater Britain,” knowing

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