[ Richard Harington, Principal of Brasenose and the Oxford Movement. ] Two unpublished Autograph Papers by 'RH', one in response to Newman's seventy-fifth Tract for Our Times; with long part of Autograph Letter to 'Dudley' on 'Popery'.

Rev. Dr Richard Harington (1800-1853), Principal of Brasenose College [ John Henry Newman; the Oxford Movement; Tractarianism; Richard Laurence, Archbishop of Cashel ]
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[ Brasenose College, Oxford. ] One of the papers dated 1838; the other on paper with 1837 watermark. Letter dated from 'Old' [ Ould, Northamptonshire ], 1840.
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ONE: 'Remarks upon the Oxford Tract no 75. to which is prefixed a Table of passages from the Selections out of the Roman Breviary therein contained, which appear open to objection. | by | A Son of the Catholic Church'. Author identified at end as 'RH.' Undated, but paper with watermark: 'J WHATMAN | 1837'. 24pp., 4to. A stitched sheaf. Dog-eared, otherwise in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Unpublished. With a few minor emendations. The paper was written in response to Newman's 'On the Roman Breviary as embodying the substance of the Devotional Services of the Church Catholic', published as the seventy-fifth Tract for Our Times, 24 June 1836. The main text is on twenty numbered pages. The first page is headed by a 'Table of [ten] passages: (numbered for reference)'. Beneath this the text begins: 'Let an English Churchman be supposed who dislikes the uncharitable, unjust, and sweeping condemnation of the Church of Rome in the lump, (which stands to many for a hatred of Popery,) and therefore who is not unwilling to look into her Service Books, - Let such an one be told that the Editors of the Oxford Tracts have made an excellent compilation from the Breviary, and then be set down to read the 75th number of those papers; - Let one also suppose (what is by no means improbable) that, after reading the general preface in the two first pages, he skips over the remainder of the introductory remarks, and proceeds at once to the translations which follow them. | He will not have perused them without being struck with the passages enumerated above: and, whatever opinion he may form of them, he cannot, at least, avoid perceiving that they have a common character; which is, that they all contain addresses to departed Saints, as Advocates, who are in a condition to plead intermediately with God, in behalf of man, and have a claim to be heard that man has not. | It appears to the writer of these remarks that the addresses spoken of cannot but give rise to great perplexity: let me attempt to discover the steps by which the reader might be extricated from it.' TWO: 'The Latin Quotations in the Archbishop of Cashel's work, entitled, “The doctrine of the Church of England upon the efficacy of Baptism Vindicated from Misrepresentation” translated into English, “in usum Studiose,” by RH. | July 7 1838'. Watermark: 'J. GATER | 1837'. 19pp., 4to. A stitched sheaf, as Item One. Condition as Item One, but more dog-eared. Unpublished manuscript, with corrections and emendations. The main text is on sixteen numbered pages. The subject of the paper is the work of Richard Laurence (1760-1838), Archbishop of Cashel, and was published in Oxford and London in 1818. This paper would appear have been written in response to the third edition of 1838. THREE: Beginning of Autograph Letter from Harington to 'My dear Dudley'. Dated from 'Old | April 20 1840'. (Harington was rector of Ould, Northamptonshire.) 4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Closely written, with a few emendations, and breaking off mid-sentence. Begins: 'To the works which I mentioned in my last letter, I ought to have added Newman's volume called “The Church of the Fathers.” It is a reprint from the British Magazine. I have ordered, but not yet received it.' He makes a long quotation from the British Critic, before resuming: 'I don't know whether this seems to you an objectionable Sentence: in my humble judgment it is a very proper one: for surely the truth has suffered from nothing more than from the arbitrary division of religious opinions into Popery and No-Popery, and the following it up by placing everything which the Speaker for the time being happens to condemn under the former, and everything which he is pleased to approve under the latter category.' He continues with a discussion of the works of 'Mr Taylor (whose Papers I have got through since my last letter)'. Taylor 'has certainly put the whole Subject in a new, and a very surprising light', contrasting 'Popery' and 'Nicene Christianity'. From papers of the Harington baronets of Ridlington.