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Arthur Philip Perceval

(1799—1853) Church of England clergyman and religious writer


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(1799–1853), Tractarian theologian. He was educated at Oriel College, and from 1821 to 1825 held a fellowship at All Souls, Oxford. In 1824 he became rector of East Horsley in Surrey; from 1826 until deprived in 1850 he was a royal chaplain. In the early stages of the Oxford Movement he was one of its chief supporters, being present at the celebrated conference at Hadleigh in July 1833. In his Churchman's Manual, a set of questions and answers conceived as a supplement to the Prayer Book Catechism and issued shortly after the Conference, he stressed the Apostolic Succession and thus produced a useful complement to No. 1 of the Tracts for the Times. In 1842 he published A Collection of Papers Connected with the Theological Movement of 1833, largely in defence of J. H. Newman's ‘Tract No. 90’. He had himself been the author of Tracts Nos. 23, 35, and 36. Queen Victoria deprived him of his chaplaincy because of his opposition to the Gorham Judgement (1850).

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

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