Inscribed with ‘Prayers’ from a saint - John Henry Newman’s Letter to Pusey inscribed in his hand on the verso of the title page: ‘with the kindest wishes & prayers of the Author Decr 10. 1872’.
Collection of 9 Anglo-Catholic church pamphlets bound in contemporary half calf with marbled boards, spine label lettered in gilt on maroon leather, some rubbing to the leather. Light brown coated endpapers with the ownership inscription of ‘Isabel J Crewe 1878’ (possibly the long-lived daughter - 1830-1929 - of Sir George Crewe, 8th Baronet and owner of Calke Abbey in Derbyshire). Newman’s Letter is the first item in the collection, some brown spotting to text and inscribed by the future Saint some 6 years after the 160 page work’s publication. The second work by Newman appears penultimate in the collection: A Letter Addressed to His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, on Occasion of Mr Gladstone’s Recent Expostulation. B.M. and was Newman’s final published work. It bears interrogative pencil annotations in the hand of Isabel Crewe offering frequent question marks and exclamation marks and occasional marginal comments and questions. So at page 107, responding to Newman’s discussion of Papal infallibility she notes ‘So according to this a Pope may teach & spread heresy...’
Following the letter to Pusey the volume runs as follows:
Wood (Charles L., Hon.) Substance of an Address delivered [...] at the Annual Meeting of the English Church Union, held at Freemasons’ Tavern, on June 14, 1877, English Church Union Office, [1877,] pp. 7, [1,ad]
Capel ([Thomas John], Monsignor) The Reply of a Ritualist to a Letter Addressed to him by Two Roman Catholics in Defence of Monsignor Capel. G.J. Palmer, 1872, pp. 19
Scott (Gilbert) Restoration of St. Alban’s Abbey. Report. Printed by R. Clay, Sons and Taylor, n.d. [circa 1871,] pp. 19
Wood (Charles L., Hon.) Substance of an Address delivered [...] at the Ordinary Meeting of the English Church Union, held at Freemasons’ Tavern, on February 27, 1877, English Church Union Office, [1877,] pp. 17, [3, ads]
‘Presbyter Anglicanus’ [i.e. Joseph Hemington Harris] Christianity or Erastianism? A Letter Addressed, by Permission, to His Eminence Cardinal Manning, Archbishop of Westminster. John H. Batty, 1876, pp. 36
Gladstone (W.E., Right Hon.) The Vatican Decrees in their Bearing on Civil Allegiance: A Political Expostulation. Second Thousand. John Murray, 1874, pp. 72
Newman (John Henry [later Cardinal, now Saint]) A Letter Addressed to His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, on Occasion of Mr Gladstone’s Recent Expostulation. B.M. Pickering, 1875, pp. 131 (Blehl A42a)
Gladstone (W.E., Right Hon.) Bulgarian Horrors and the Question of the East. John Murray, 1876
Newman’s two publications are much the most substantial contributions to this volume. His letter was a reply to Pusey’s ‘Eirenicon’ in 1865, which had answered Cardinal Manning’s pamphlet of 1864 that implicitly criticised his Apologia. The Letter to the Duke of Norfolk is Newman’s last book and a response to Gladstone’s declaration, in the ‘expostulation’ that no Englishman could give allegiance to Rome without ‘renouncing
his moral or mental freedom’.