Tuesday, February 23, 2010

21Feb1871, Abolition of the University Tests

LONDON, February 21st, 1871.
—We dined at No. 11 ; found Uncle W. agog about another piece of Fawcettism : cross division anent University Tests, the abolition whereof was going smoothly thro' the House ; viz., for the sweeping away of clerical fellowships. Uncle W. very Conservative in heart on the subject ; rather more than I am ! as I have always heard that clerical fellows were great failures as clergymen ; but the whole question ought to be looked into, not a fragment of it pulled neck and crop across the Tests measure.

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