[ James Ingram, President of Trinity College, Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Ingram') to Rev. W. M. Kinsey , regarding a dispute over a new church to be built with 'subscriptions from the inhabitants of Henley and Peppard'.

James Ingram (1774-1850), President of Trinity College, Oxford, antiquary and Anglo-Saxon scholar [ William Morgan Kinsey (1788-1851), Rector of Rotherfield Greys, Welsh cleric and traveller ]
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Trinity College [ Oxford ]. 17 May 1846.
SKU: 19609

4pp., 4to. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, aged and creased. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'The Revd. Wm: Kinsey | Rectory, | Rotherfield Greys, | Henley on Thames.', with broken seal in black wax. The letter concerns a new church to be built with 'subscriptions from the inhabitants of Henley and Peppard', with doubt whether 'the new edifice is to be a chapel of ease, or a district church'. The tone is set from the start: 'My dear Rector, | There are so many points of consideration, and some of very great importance, introduced into your last two letters, that I cannot do much more at present than merely thank you for the interest you take in all the proceedings of the College & myself respecting the new Church. I must beg however to correct a wrong impression you seem to have entertained, that the college resisted your claims to the Patronage - The fact is the reverse - The stipulated condition from the beginning was, that the Patronage should be reserved to the Incumbent "or the College" - The latter alternative being suggested by myself, because I thought it possible that you might wish to be relieved from a responsibility which might seem to be compensated by no material advantage to the Rector - whilst the College, as a permanent body, I considered the natural guardians of the spiritual and temporal interest of the whole parish, however divided for ecclesiastical or local purposes into separate districts.' The letter ends with a reference to Jesus College, and with Ingram stating that, as he is writing on a Sunday, Kinsey should not 'consider this letter as an official one, emanating from a college meeting'. See the two men's entries in the Oxford DNB. From the papers of the Harington baronets of Ridlington.