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Cuddesdon College 1854-1904

A Record and Memorial

London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1904.

Appendix I. Extract from College Record, 1879, (p. 13) relating to the controversy of 1878.

The wonted quiet and happiness of the life at Cuddesdon has been undisturbed, although during the past year the College has been the innocent occasion of an unhappy agitation within the diocese of Oxford. The agitation commenced by the publication of a pamphlet, shortly before the meeting of the Diocesan Conference, containing an attack upon the College, and addressed to the lay members of the Conference. It was from the pen of the Rev. C. P. Golightly. A motion brought before the Diocesan Conference by the Rev. E. A. Knox to the effect "That this Conference desires respectfully to draw the attention of the Lord Bishop of the diocese to the pamphlet upon Cuddesdon College, addressed by the Rev. C. P. Golightly to the lay members of the Conference, and to express its opinion that the statements contained therein tend to show that the teaching in the said College does not deserve the confidence of members of the Church of England," was promptly rejected by the Conference without discussion, on the motion of Sir Robert Phillimore, who proposed, "That this Conference is of opinion that the motion ought not to be entertained." Sir Robert Phillimore's proposal was supported by the Right Hon. J. G. Hubbard, M.P., by the Hon. J. R. Mowbray, m.p., and by the then Archdeacons of the diocese, and was carried by an overwhelming majority. In consequence of the agitation stirred up in connection with this matter, and some persons having complained of want of information regarding Cuddesdon College, the Principal, shortly after the meeting of the Conference, published "A Report for the five years ending Trinity Term, 1878, addressed to the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Oxford, Visitor, and published by his authority." Copies of this report may still be had on application to any of the officers of the College. An address to the Bishop of Oxford, signed by nearly three hundred old students, giving an unqualified contradiction to certain charges and imputations brought against the College, was presented to his lordship by the Rev. C. F. Porter, Vicar of Dropmore, the first student of the College, on November 25th, 1878, and a most hearty and affectionate reply was returned by the Bishop.

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