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High Church ProphetBishop Samuel Horsley (1733–1806) and the Caroline Tradition in the Later Georgian Church$
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F. C. Mather

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202271.001.0001

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The Dioceses and the Abbey

The Dioceses and the Abbey

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Samuel Horsley's activities in his dioceses and at Westminster Abbey confirm the judgement of his national career, that he was a genuine proponent of Church reform. His early experiences at St. Davids left him with an awareness of the importance of the role of curates in securing an adequacy of clerical residence, and whether in the parishes or in the Abbey, he was particularly attentive to the financial needs of the working clergy, being unable, and to a certain extent unwilling, to exert too much pressure on those whose duties they performed. His reforms ranged over a wide area of Church life, including training for the ministry and cathedral services, but he was practical in his interests and did not neglect the fundamentals of ecclesiastical finance. In his closing years, when promoted to a bishopric that was in better order, he became more demanding, but also less effective and sure-footed.

Keywords:   Samuel Horsley, bishops, St. Davids, ecclesiastical finance, Westminster Abbey, church reform

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