The Life and Correspondence of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley: Late Dean of Westminster - Vol. 2

The Life and Correspondence of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley: Late Dean of Westminster - Vol. 2

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The Life and Correspondence of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley: Late Dean of Westminster - Vol. 2

The Life and Correspondence of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley: Late Dean of Westminster - Vol. 2

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF OXFORD AFTER HIS RETURN -- TOUR IN SPAIN -- REVIVED INTEREST IN OXFORD -- 'CANTERBURY SERMONS' -- HIS INFLUENCE AS PROFESSOR OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY -- ST. GEORGES-IN-THE-EAST -- 'ESSAYS AND REVIEWS'

'TO-MORROW,' writes Stanley to Charles Kingsley on April 13th, 1858, on the eve of leaving Canterbury,

'I leave a home which I have enjoyed increasingly for seven years, to enter on a life of turmoil and confinement, which derives its only charm from the hope, at times very faint, of being more useful than I have been here. Such a hope is revived by finding that my lectures have awakened a response from anyone so well able to judge of ecclesiastical history as you are. I wish that I knew any one generation as you know that of Hypatia, or of Elizabeth (of either Hungary or England).'

Less than a year elapsed before he was completely reconciled to the change. In February 1859 he visited Canterbury in order to preach a sermon on the death of the Rector of St. Martin-with-St. Paul, Canon Chesshyre, who had succeeded to his stall in the Cathedral. 'It has been,' he writes to Pearson,

'very melancholy to me in more ways than one. First, it . . .

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