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The Oxford Movement

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Pages: 228

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Richard William Church

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV Mr. Newman's Early Friends—Isaac Williams In the early days of the movement, among Mr. Newman's greatest friends, and much in his confidence, were two Fellows of Trinity—a college which never forgot that Newman had once belonged to it, —Isaac Williams and William John Copeland. In mind and character very different, they were close friends, with the affection which was characteristic of those days: and for both of them Mr. Newman "had the love which passes that of common relation."1 Isaac Williams was born among the mountains of Wales, and had the true poetic gift, though his power of expression was often not equal to what he wanted to say. Copeland was a Londoner, bred up in the strict school of Churchmanship represented by Mr. Norris of Hackney, tempered by sympathies with the Non-jurors. At Oxford he lived, along with Isaac Williams, in the very heart of the movement, which was the interest of his life: but he lived, self-forgetting or self-effacing, a wonderful mixture of tender and inexhaustible sympathy, and of quick and keen wit, which yet, somehow or other, in that time of exasperation and bitterness, made him fewenemies. He knew more than most men of the goings on of the movement, and he ought to have been its 1 Mozley, A'cminuctntu, i. 18. chronicler. But he was fastidious and hard to satisfy, and he left his task till it was too late. Isaac Williams was born in Wales in 1802, a year after Newman, ten years after John Keble. His early life was spent in London, but his affection for Wales and its mountain scenery was great and undiminished to the end of his life. At Harrow, where Henry Drury was his tutor, he made his mark by his mastery of Latin composition and his devotion to Latin language and literature. " I was so used to think in Latin that...  

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