Richard Simpson's Possible Authorship of an Essay on Savonarola

Josef L. Altholz


Chapter two, note 12, of the author's The Liberal Catholic Movement in England: The "Rambler" and its Contributors, 1848-1864, which Burns and Oates (London) published in 1962. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

Capes to Newman, 18 May 1858, Newman MSS. It is possible that Capes' decision to resign was also prompted by the recurrence of his religious doubts. However, I am inclined to believe that it was not until his retirement had provided him with leisure that lie began to reconsider his religious position. There is no evidence that that reconsideration began earlier, and he himself states (Reasons for returning to the Church of England, [London, 1871]) that his doubts became acute thirteen years after his conversion, i.e., in 1858. Probably the nervous state to which he was apparently reduced by his various difficulties at this time contributed to shake his belief.


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