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Document number: 6360
Date: 28 Nov 1850
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MATTHEWS John
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 6th January 2011

Lacock Vicarage
Novr 28. 1850

My dear Sir

I beg to thank you for your kind note & to say that I am heartily glad to see your reason for objecting to sign the address. I look upon the dogma of Apostolical succession as a mere popish trap & it was some time, after I had observed the terms before I could make up my mind to send it round. But you know the difficulty of my position here with that party & I am willing to meet them and work with them as far as possible, though I feel I act sometimes of the dictates of my own conviction, It was not till yesterday that I could make up my mind to sign the address & I am vexed that I have done so

Allow me to say that I am sure the Bishop will be much gratified & comforted by a letter from you, & it will be an act of great kindness toward him. Such men at much a time need the encouragement & support of their friends in every way.

I beg to remain my dear Sir very faithfully Yrs
J Matthews

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