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A History of Horncastle by James Conway Walter

In the Methodist Recorder of Aug


{68b} The aged son of the last named is still (1905) living at Alford, and several grandsons are dispersed about the country.

{70a} _Horncastle News_, August 31, 1907.

{70b} The first Sunday School was held in the British School (later the Drill Hall) east of the Wong, from 1812 to 1848.

{71a} We may add that at the time of writing (1905) a Wesleyan Church House is about to be erected in Westminster, a fine building in the Renaissance style of architecture, which is to cost 140,000 pounds, the firm of Lanchester & Richards being contractors for the work.

{71b} In addition to the authorities already named, we are indebted for much of the information here given to an account by Mr. Watson Joll, in the _Methodist Recorder_ of Aug. 27, 1903, and to an article by the late Mr. W. Pacy, in the _Lincoln Gazette_ of Aug. 20, 1898.

{71c} _Religious Worship in England and Wales_, by H. Mann, from the census of 1851.

{72} Within comparatively recent times a Primitive Chapel at Thimbleby was commonly called "The Ranters" Chapel.

{73} _Life of the Venerable Hugh Bourne_, by Rev. Jesse Ashworth, 1888; also _History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion_, by Rev. H. B. Kendall, B.A.

{74} _The Venerable William Clowes_, a sketch, by Thomas Guttery.

{78} In connection with Robert Brown's writings it may be of interest to note, that in the year 1907, an American scholar, Mr. Champlin Burrage, of the Newton Theological Institution, of Massachusetts, discovered in the Library of Lambeth Palace, London, a hitherto unpublished work, in MS., entitled _The Retraction of Robert Brown_; which the author himself describes as "A reproofe of certeine schismatical persons and their doctrine touching the hearing and preaching of the Word of God." This was written about the year 1588. It has now been published by permission of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Oxford University Press, 2/6 net), and is described by the editor as "a sane and broad-minded" production. [_Guardian Newspaper_, June 19, 1907.]

{80a} These particulars are gathered from the volume _Christian Sects of the_ 19_th century_, published by W. Pickering, 1850.

{80b} Mann's _Religious Worship in England and Wales_, from the census of 1851.

{80c} Only two copies of this pamphlet are known to exist; one in the Library at Revesby Abbey; the other is in the possession of Mr. C. M. Hodgett, of Horncastle, an officer of the chapel, having been given to him by Miss Frances Robinson, a relative, presumably, of the author "W.R.," otherwise William Robinson.

{80d} Letter of Rev. J. G. Crippen, of The Congregational Library Memorial Hall, London, Dec., 1858.


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