By Colin Haydon
John Henry Williams used to be the vicar of Wellesbourne in south Warwickshire from 1778 until eventually his dying a few fifty years later. A committed pastor, showing an `enlightened and liberal' outlook, his occupation illuminates the Church of England's situation within the interval, and likewise a clergyman's position in neighborhood society. even if, he was once no longer simply a rustic parson. A `political clergyman', Williams engaged fervently in either provincial and nationwide political debate, denouncing the conflict with innovative France among 1793 and 1802, and released a sequence of forceful sermons condemning the fight on Christian ideas. To competitors, he seemed insidious and blinkered, yet to admirers he used to be 'a sound divine, and never a much less sound politician'. This e-book, the 1st to ascertain Williams' occupation in complete, is a close, shiny, and occasionally relocating, learn of a guy who occupies an honorable and demanding place within the Church of England's historical past and within the historical past of British peace campaigning.
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61 King’s assistance resulted from a personal connection; for the two men had been acquainted for more than just three years. King had matriculated from Pembroke two years before Williams:62 in a small college, the two undergraduates must have known each other, though perhaps one of the fellows brokered the arrangement, whereby one old member helped another. 63 They came from similar social backgrounds: King’s father was a gentleman – a man with a keen interest in science64 – and the young 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 Gloucestershire RO, E1, Deacons, 1774.
The ordinal instructed the bishop to give them each a Bible, telling them, ‘Take thou authority to preach the word of God . ’; and to give a copy of the New Testament to each deacon, saying, ‘Take thou Authority to read the Gospel in the Church of God . ’ Williams was 87 88 Warwickshire CRO, CR 1,707/120, Entry, 19 April 1814; see below, p. 142. R. Greaves, ‘Religion in the University 1715–1800’, History of the University of Oxford V, ed. Sutherland and Mitchell, pp. 404–5. 89 TNA, Prob. 11/1,759.
18 THE FORMATIVE YEARS estates to his eldest son, Sir Henry Williams MP. 6 The family remained powerful in the early eighteenth century, though thereafter its influence waned. 7 There was, too, a cadet, Gloucestershire, branch of the family – John Williams’ branch. 9 His elaborate monument in the middle chancel of St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester, commemorated his legal expertise, august family, virtues, and piety. 11 It is also likely that he was taken to St Peter, Winchcombe (of which, in 1774, he would become vicar).
John Henry Williams (1747-1829): Political Clergyman': War, the French Revolution, and the Church of England (Studies in Modern British Religious History) by Colin Haydon