To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 13 December 
At length I have to thank you for
stuffed by scraps into corners hardly decypherable for want of space, but ample and
liberal as to paper, as well as delightful as to matter and manner. Whether this one
only symptom of good which your letters ever wanted be acquired by your writing from
Your whole tour, the exquisite natural beauties with which your eyes and your mind were feasted – for I hold fine natural scenery to be partly an intellectual pleasure – the society of some of my favorite friends, altogether made my mouth water; but I was however generous enough to rejoyce that you were enjoying delights for which I myself have so high a relish; indeed there are no merely earthly pleasures to be put into competition with the beauties of nature, where they are in their highest beauty, and with the enjoyments of friendship; but then to render the latter compleat one must have a strong assurance that the friendship we are cherishing will be an immortal friendship. Without this, the highest participation even of mental excellence will leave an unsatisfactory, uncaring void in the heart that has devoted itself to the service of God.
I am sorry you saw so little of Mrs. La Touche I earnestly hope that visit
will be yet made; to say nothing of
i /a/ s /been/ circulated by many Priests, to the
amount of three Editions. – I hope you have seen
Your account of Lady Gosford is truly gratifying
We have got a new Neighbour Mr. C. Maude a Son of Lady
Haywarden, who is curate of
Those misguided Clergymen I named to you with Baring and Snow at their head, are I
fear sadly extending the cause of
One good however will spring out of this evil, we shall I hope get these noxious
doctrines /weeded/ out of the Church: and, what I rejoyce to hear,
How have I run on.
I have had a very interesting visit from my old friend /Revd/
Mr. Stewart, Son to Lord Galloway. You know I believe that this excellent
young Man near ten years ago, quitted not only the luxuries of his Station and the
enjoyments of Society /but the common comforts of life, / and with his
Bishop’s consent left his church preferment to go on a Mission to
The letter is dated using contextual evidence, which reference events in Paris and London.
The Duke of Wellington concluded the Treaty of Paris on 20 November 1815, under which French borders were returned to their 1790 position, and punitive reparations levied.
November issue of The British Review, and London Critical
Journal, Roberts published a lengthy article entitled ‘The Church
in Danger’ in which he discussed several of the pamphlets written on the
subject of the
Robert Shaw (later Sir Robert; 1774-1849), who was elected MP for Dublin in 1804 (having previously served as MP for Bannow). Shaw retired from parliament in 1826. In addition to his political role, Shaw was also a prominent financier, and played a role in establishing the Royal Bank of Ireland.
The pamphlet More mentions may be "A sketch of Irish history, : compiled by way of question and answer for the use of schools", written by Mother Ursula Young (an Ursuline Sister) and printed in Cork by J. Geary in 1815. (Read on Google Books.) This pamphlet, something of an Irish nationalist catechism, was frequently cited in debates about the dangers of Catholic education in Ireland. Before a select committee on 'the State of Ireland' in 1825-26, the Archbishop of Dublin declared that had received a copy of this book in 1815, and found it "so monstrous" that he sent a copy to a member of parliament. The MP in question may have been Shaw, who then forwarded it to More. (Read the parliamentary discussion on Google Books.)
Dr Woodward was the Rector at Balleyloch in County Cork.
William Magee (1766-1831) was Dean of Cork at this time, having been appointed in 1814. Magee held high church evangelical views, and was a political conservative.
The Society of Jesus had been suppressed by Pope Clement XIV in 1773; it was not restored until 1814, when Pope Pius VII issued a bull titled ‘Sollicitudo Omnium Ecclesiarum’ (The Care of all Churches), allowing for the Jesuits to operate across the Catholic world.
The Rev. Hon. John Charles Maude was appointed curate at Blagdon in October 1815. He was the son of Cornwallis Maude, first Viscount Hawarden (1729-1803), and his third wife, Anne Isabelle Monck (1759-1851).
Christ Church, Oxford. According to Alumni Oxonienses, Maude maticulated in 1812 and graduated BA in 1815.
George Baring had been vicar of Winterbourne Stoke in Wiltshire.
group was known as ‘the Baring Sect’, and were the group behind the
William Huntington (1745-1813), a Calvinist preacher, had opened a ‘Providence Chapel’ in London in 1783. There, his evangelical sermons attracted a numerous and varied congregation, which included some prominent members of the nobility, though his popularity with the poor perhaps contributed to the anxiety of those critical of his message. In July 1810 the chapel burned to the ground. Huntington was able to raise the funds to build another, ‘New Providence Chapel’, on Gray’s Inn Road, less than a year later. After Huntington’s death the chapel remained proprietary (belonging to a private individual, though open to the public) until 1836. It does not ultimately appear to have passed into the hands of the Baring Sect.
The Hon. Charles Stewart (1775-1837) was the third surviving son of the Earl of Galloway, John Stewart. Ordained deacon in 1798 and priest in 1799, Stewart was selected as a missionary to north America in 1807. For the next twenty years he was extremely active over a vast swathe of the eastern part of the continent, travelling thousands of miles some years between Montreal in the north and Vermont in the south. As a result of his ministry twenty-four churches were built in the region, all of which attracted large and loyal congregations. Stewart was generous with money, and gave support to various charitable causes. He would be consecrated Bishop of Canada in 1826.