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Thomas Chalmers and the Godly Commonwealth in Scotland$
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S. J. Brown

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780192131140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192131140.001.0001

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Liberal Reform and the National Establishment

Liberal Reform and the National Establishment

(p.152) 4 Liberal Reform and the National Establishment
Thomas Chalmers and the Godly Commonwealth in Scotland

Stewart J. Brown

Oxford University Press

Chalmers went to England to see if his St. John system would work in the Church of England. Unfortunately it did not. This chapter relates Chalmers's views on the Kennedy Bill and his activities at St. Andrews University. His renewed influence with the General Assembly resulted largely from the revival of the plurality issue. Chalmers's greatest oratorical moment was his speech on the Emancipation of Catholics. After Andrew Thomson died of a heart attack, Chalmers became the likely successor to the leadership of the Evangelical Party. The affair of the Ecclesiastical History chair had contributed to Chalmers's estrangement from the Whig Government. It raised serious doubts about Chalmers's capacity to take up Thomson's fallen mantle. In thwarting John Lee's appointment and in applying pressure upon David Aitken, he showed a domineering manner, devoid of consideration.

Keywords:   Church of England, Kennedy Bill, St. Andrews University, General Assembly, Emancipation of Catholics, Andrew Thomson, Evangelical Party, Whig Government, John Lee, David Aitken

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