(Wednesday before Easter) Trinity College, Oxford, William Bright. Quotes a portion from a book by "Mr Carter", The Doctrine of the Priesthood, which refers to the idea of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and how this relates to the original sacrifice on the cross. [6pp].
Concerns various matters, including hierarchical church authority, the Pope's intention to ask the heads of all Christian denominations to a Council in Rome, and Napoleon III's threat to send his army against Italy. [4pp]
Mentions Ambrose's wish that the Bishop would visit France and talk to the Emperor [Napoleon III] about their "Reunion idea", since the Emperor had privately told Cardinal Wiseman "that he felt God had given him some mission for the good of Christendom". [4pp]
Thanks the Bishop for his letter of sympathy during Ambrose's recent bereavement, mentions the council in Rome and the hope that the "Holy Spirit" will "inspire" non-Catholic Bishops to attend, discusses Ambrose's hope for greater ecumenical unity, and comments upon various contemporary ecclesiastical writings by Foulkes and Dr Lee. [15pp]
Relating to disputes within the Episcopal Church in general and those involving Alexander Penrose Forbes, Bishop of Brechin in particular. Correspondents are: Edward Bannerman-Ramsay; Alexander Beresford-Hope; Colin L. Blenkinsopp; Charles W. Boase; William Bright; J.G. Cazenove; Alexander Penrose Forbes; William Ewart Gladstone; Henry Humble; John Keble; "I.J.P."; Edward Bouverie Pusey; Joseph Robertson; James Smith; Charles Hugh Terrot; Walter John Trower. George Frederick Boyle, (1825-1890), was a life long associate and supporter of Alexander Penrose Forbes. He succeeded his half brother as 6th Earl of Glasgow in 1869. He founded and endowed the College and Collegiate Church of the Holy Spirit on the island of Cumbrae in 1849. [See also MS 54].