NOEL, Baptist Wriothesley. 11190



Autograph Letter Signed, to ‘My dear friend’, about his own decision to leave the Church of England. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition. With a separate engraved portrait (lower right corner torn). Hornsey, 23 November [1848]. A great little letter, being the confession of Baptist Wriothesley Noel (1799–1873), Church of England clergyman and Baptist minister, one of the most influential evangelical clergymen of early Victorian England. The Gorham case (1848), which drove some high churchmen to Rome, helped to send Noel into the ranks of the Baptists. He took farewell of his Anglican congregation on 3 December 1848. “Wide & deep rooted objections to the principle of a Union between Church & State & to its practice in this Country, which have been growing for years, have at length compelled me to announce to some of my friends at St. Johns that I must leave them. I have not done this without much reading, thought & prayer.”