[ Pamphlet inscribed by Rev. W. H. Walsh who features in the pamphlet] Report of the Proceedings in the Case of the Rev. F. T. C. Russell; comprising the Preliminary Observations, and the Sentence Passed; by the Lord Bishop of Sydney, Metropolitan..

[ William Grant Broughton (1788-1853), Bishop of Australia and Archbishop of Sydney; Rev. Francis Thomas Cusack Russell (1823-1876); William Henry Walsh (1823-1888), squatter and politician ]
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Sydney: Printed by Kemp and Fairfax, Lower George Street. 1849.
SKU: 19885

44pp., 8vo. Side-stitched pamphlet. Aged and worn, with unobtrusive stamp of the Webster Collection at foot of last page, and Victorian library label ('644') in margin of title, at head of which is written: 'Revd. A. G. Purchas - | with W. H. Walsh's kind regards -'. (See Walsh's entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.) Russell's entry in the Dictionary of National Biography explains the context: 'With his close friend, Peter Teulon Beamish, Russell offered himself to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel for service in New South Wales and soon after their arrival in the colony they were both made deacons by Bishop William Grant Broughton in September 1847. Russell was appointed to St Mark's, Alexandria (Darling Point), whilst Beamish was stationed at Singleton. Within six months the staunch Protestant feelings of these two young Irishmen led them openly to criticize Tractarian teaching at St James's Theological College and Russell wrote a strongly worded protest to Broughton, virtually accusing the bishop of laxity in doctrinal standards after the secession of Revs Robert Sconce and Thomas Makinson to Rome. Sympathy for Beamish, whom he believed to have been badly treated on another issue by Broughton, possibly made Russell more outspoken than he might otherwise have been, but the result of this criticism was that both the friends were suspended for three months and were refused ordination to the priesthood. In spite of protests from Russell's parishioners and a number of prominent citizens including members of the Legislative Council, Broughton remained adamant and the two deacons offered their services to Bishop Charles Perry in Melbourne. At first Perry refused to take them without the sanction of the bishop of Sydney, but in 1850, believing that the necessary permission had been given, he sent Russell to itinerate along the Wannon River; Beamish was stationed at Warrnambool, where he later became archdeacon.' Note: W.H. Walsh who has inscribed this copy ("Revd A.J. Purchas - | with W.H. Walsh's kind | regards") is mentioned in the pamphlet as one of the people who Russsell accused of plotting against him. Now scarce. The five copies on OCLC WorldCat all in Australian libraries.