Rector of Bagborough; Prebendary of Wells
Vicar of All Saints', Margaret Street; Prebendary of S. Paul's
LONDON AND OXFORD
Chapter I. Family and Early Days
Chapter II. Winchester
Chapter III. Oxford
Chapter IV. Binfield
Chapter V. Lavington (I)
Chapter VI. Lavington (II)
Chapter VII. Lavington (III)
Chapter VIII. All Saints', Clifton (I)
Chapter IX. All Saints', Clifton (II)
Chapter X.All Saints', Clifton (III)
Chapter XI. Chichester
Chapter XII. Miscellaneous Letters
THE authors of the following life of Dean Randall have asked me to supply a few words of preface to their book. I have great pleasure in doing so, for it is a privilege to have any share in an effort to do honour to the memory of one so eminently deserving of honour as Dean Randall.
Probably also they may have thought that owing to various circumstances, I was better qualified than many younger men to bear witness to all that he was in himself, and to the great work he did both for individual souls and for the whole Anglican Communion.
I am not very certain as to the dates, but it must have been between the years 1870 and 1880 that I was chiefly brought into contact with him. They were the years in which the imprisonment of the clergy for ritual offences began. The Rev. Arthur Tooth was the first priest actually sent to prison. Owing to the feeling that and subsequent imprisonments of clergy excited, the great desire of those who got recalcitrant clergy shut up was to get them out of prison, but that was not always so easy a matter.
S. Agnes', Kennington, was built at that time as a refuge for clergy and congregations driven from the parish in Lorrimore Square, where so much good work had been done, and Mr. Ward of S. Raphael's at Bristol was involved in serious difficulties with the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. It is true that both the Bishop of Rochester in regard to S. Paul's, Lorrimore Square, and Bishop Ellicott in regard to S. Matthew's, Bristol, behaved later with great self-abnegation and generosity, but Dean Randall was prior to that, and it was his attitude and his support of the clergy then attacked which dwell in my memory, and the influence he exercised in all the difficulties of the time that give him a position in the long struggle of that period that nothing can efface.
It is pleasant to think that the volume to which this is a Foreword will perpetuate a memory so dear to all those who at the time were carrying on the tradition of the originators of the Oxford Movement, and from whose efforts in the past, we, in the present, owe so much.
HALIFAX. July 12, 1932.
SHORTLY after the death of Dean Randall it was suggested that I should write a sketch of his life. I had lived for some years in his Sussex parish of Lavington, and I became his curate at All Saints', Clifton, at the end of his time there. I sorted and arranged Dean Randall's letters and papers and did some preliminary work on the book, which was put a stop to by my appointment to All Saints', Margaret Street.
When we were beginning to approach the centenary of the Oxford Movement, Prebendary Briscoe consented to take up the work of the Memoir and to carry it through. It has been a great pleasure to give him what further help I could in the matter.
H. F. B. M.