The Church Association monthly journal is now titled “The church intelligencer – A Record of Work in Defence of the Protestant Principles of the Established Church”. The new edition presents a larger format and carries advertisements. It assumes a new numerical sequence – starting again as Volume I – with its first issue in April 1884. The Objects of the Association remain as before in their entirety. This new presentation is thought to have been the work of the newly-appointed Secretary
Each issue carries ‘preface’ pages which contain a list of the Association’s “Tracts for the Time” and details of subscriptions to both the General and Guarantee funds. Notices of meetings of the Association also appear here. Reports of Branch Associations continue to be included. Each issue is still priced at one penny.
Issue 1 – April 1884
Preface – An advertisement for the Prayer Book Society appears here, its address is at nearby 17 Buckingham Street – The Church Association is at No 14.
P.1-2 – “’The Standard’s’ Attack upon the Church Association” ‘A strangely virulent attack upon the Church Association appears in the leading columns of The Standard of March 7th.’
P.3-10 – “Annual Meeting”, Proceedings.
P.10-12 – “St Peter’s, London Docks”, Further comments and correspondence on the Mackonochie case.
P.12-14 – “Report of the Royal Commission on Ecclesiastical Courts”
Issue 2 – May 1884
Preface – A list of officers of the Church Association is given here. 33 Vice-Presidents are named. 36 Members of Council are listed under the chairmanship of James Maden Holt. A further 19 members of Council are listed as representatives of the Association’s Branches. Mr F A Bevan is Treasurer and Mr I P Fleming is Secretary.
P.15-16 – “The Threatened Legislation on Ecclesiastical Courts”, Comment.
P.17-19 - “Annual Sermon” delivered by Rev Gordon Calthorp, Vicar of St Augustine’s, Highbury.
P.19-20 – “Prestbury Case”, Correspondence.
Issue 3 – June 1884
P.29-30 – “Chancellor Christie on Churchwardens”, Correspondence.
P.33-40 – “Spring Conference”, Proceedings.
P.40 – “The Sign of the Cross at Baptism”, ‘The practice is undoubtedly illegal.’
Issue 4 – July 1884
P.43-44 – “The New Programme of the Bishops”. Comment on ‘The Stubbs-Gladstone scheme for inducing the Legislature to set up a brand new chain of Clerical Courts modelled after the severest ‘Gothic’ pattern, had not from the first the ghost of a chance of being seriously entertained.’
P.45 – “Prestbury Case”, Further comment.
P.46-47 – “Historical Assumptions of the Ecclesiastical Courts Commission”, A paper contributed by Dr Hatch.
Issue 5 – August 1884
P.57-58 – “The Bishops on the New ‘Final’ Court Scheme”
P.60 – “Prestbury Case”, Further action.
P.61-62 – “Protestant Papers on the Prayer Book, No. I”, ‘It is a charge frequently brought against Protestant Churchmen that they “do not know the Prayer Book.”
P.62-65 – “’Angelina Gushington’ on Ritualism”, A reprint of a fictional story on the appointment of a curate.
P.65-66 – “Evidence Given before the Royal Commission”
Issue 6 – September 1884
P.71-72 – “Bromagem Ritualism” ‘ . . . a graceful recognition of ‘A Letter of Remonstrance to the Church Association’ by James G Bromage, a Presbyter of the Church of England . . . which has cost that gentleman three whole months to excogitate.’
P.72-74 – “The ‘Deprivation’ of Archdeacon Denison” Comment on a letter.
P.75 – “Growth of Mariolatry in the Church of England” Comment on a poem in ‘The Church Review’.
P.76-78 – “Protestant Papers on the Prayer Book, No. II”, ‘The Morning and Evening Prayer shall be used in such place of the church, chapel, or chancel, and the minister shall so turn him as the people may best hear’.
P.79-82 – “Evidence Given before the Royal Commission”
Issue 7 – October 1884
P.85-87 – “Mariolatry and Canon MacColl”
P.87-90 – “Protestant Papers on the Prayer Book, No. III”, ‘We saw in the last paper how important a change in the interpretation of a sentence might be effected by the mere carelessness of printers in omitting a comma. In the present paper we shall deal with a still more startling instance of the same kind’.
P.90-92 – “Evidence Given before the Royal Commission”
P.94-96 – “Church Ordinances. From the Layman’s Standpoint”, A review of a book with this title, author Captain Soton Churchill.
P.iii – “Church Association. Method of Operation”
‘Sermons and lectures on Protestant and Evangelical subjects.
Popular controversial addresses on the Reformation Principles of the Church of England.
Publication of works adapted to all classes to counteract the current of Ritualism.
Free grants of tracts nd books to subscribers for distribution for Free Public Libraries, Young Men’s Associations, Mechanics’ Institutes, &c.
Advising and rendering assistance to Parishioners and conducting proceedings in order to ascertain the Law on disputed points of Ritual.’
P.iii – “Special Claim to Extended Support”
‘Because the position taken up by the Church Association is that of Protestantism against Popery – of Evangelicalism against Sacerdotalism – of the simple Gospel of the grace of God against its counterfeits and corruptions under the fascinating guise of an old heresy under a new face.’
Issue 8 – November 1884
P.97-99 – “Royal Commission ‘On The Stump’”, ‘In the ensuing session of Parliament, Archbishop Benson will bring in a Bill embodying the Stubbs-Gladstone scheme of Courts-Clerical, and that Sir Richard Cross is to lead the assault of the priest-party in the Commons.’
P.100-102 – “Carlisle Church Congress”, ‘Report of the Ecclesiastical Courts Commission’
P.103-104 – “Protestant Papers on the Prayer Book, No. IV”, ‘In the Prayer Books which one can purchase nowadays. The Psalter, Ordinal and Thirty-nine articles, together with any hymns which a bookseller may choose to add, are commonly bound up in the same volume. But, until the last Revision of the Prayer Book in 1662, none of these formed any part of the “Prayer Book” properly so called.’
P.105-107 – “Evidence Given before the Royal Commission”
Issue 9 – December 1884
P.110-111 – “The Thirty-Sixth Article”, The ‘Church Times’ devotes a leading article attacking the latest of the ‘Protestant Papers on the Prayer Book’.
P.112-128 - “The Autumn Conference”, Proceedings of the conference held in Birmingham.