Issue 1 – January 1897
P.1-2 – “The Dress of the Preacher”, editorial.
P.2 – The following gentlemen were elected to the Council to represent the protestant Defence Association of Ireland:- Paul Askin, J R Fowler, Sir Robert Wm Jackson, Col Saunderson and Capt R Wade Thompson. The Church of Ireland Reformation Society has elected James Bennett to the Council.
P.5-6 – “The Lawful Preaching Dress”, the judgment of the Court of Appeal.
P.6-9 – “Pending Proposals for Legislation on Church Matters”, a paper read by Mr Andrew S Lamb (Barrister at Law) to the Portsmouth Conference, November 1896.
P.9-13 – “Our Protestant Vans”, reports continued from P.110 of Volume 13.
Issue 2 – February 1897
P.17-18 – “The Confirmation of Abp Temple”, editorial.
P.19 – The death of Mr W N West, the last remaining member of the original Council, is recorded.
P.21-22 – “Ritualistic Impudence”, ‘Arrangements for the farewell service at St Paul’s Cathedral to Dr Temple, Archbishop elect have now been completed. . . . There will also be a celebration of the Holy Communion, at which it will be hoped his Grace will be able to officiate, notwithstanding the fact that he always breaks the Cathedral practice of taking the Eastward position by aggressively adopting the “North End”.’ The sublime coolness of representing obedience to the rubric as an act of ‘aggressiveness’ deserves admiration.
P.23-26 – “Our Protestant Village Missions”, report of the colporteurs continued from P.124 of Volume 13.
Issue 3 – March 1897
P.33-34 – “The Benefices Act, 1897”, editorial.
P.38-39 – “Sectarian Education for Ireland”, ‘. . . the proposals of the brothers Balfour to purchase Ultramontane support by subsidising denominational (R C) schools and founding sectarian colleges is the most startling scheme yet launched for establishing a government by priests.’
P.43-46 – “The Church Patronage and Benefices Bill”, the contents of the Bill.
Issue 4 – April 1897
P.49-51 – “The ‘Answer’ to Pope Leo Made by Archbishops MacLagan and Temple”, ‘The bull of pope Leo, denying the validity of the orders of British clergy, hardly necessitated an official reply.’
P,52-54 – “The Mass: Primitive and Protestant”. Mr G W Russell in an article writes:- ‘. . . the turning point of the English Reformation was not the doctrine of the Lord’s Supper, but the Supremacy of the pope.’
P.54-60 – “The Manchester Conference”, proceedings of the Spring conference.
Issue 5 – May 1897
P.65-67 – “An Undesigned Result of the Archbishops’ ‘Answer’”, editorial.
P.71-73 – “Church Reform”, ‘Outlines of a Scheme recommended by the Council of the Church Association’. The headings are:- The Bishops, The Clergy, Churchwardens, The Laity, Parochial Council, The Services, Patronage, The Fabrics, The Finances, Convocation and Ecclesiastical Courts.
Issue 6 – June 1897
P.81-82 – “The Partisanship of the Bishops”, editorial. ‘The shameless way in which the violations of the Act of Uniformity are permitted and connived at is a public scandal.’
P.83 – ‘Over 150 new subscribers have joined the Association during the present year.’
P.84 – “Memorial to the Queen from the Women of England”. ‘. . . a memorial signed by 36,876 Women of England for presentation to our Most Gracious Majesty praying that she will be pleased to take steps for the repression of Romanising innovations in the Church of England. . . . ‘
P.86-90 – “The 32nd Anniversary”, proceedings of the Annual Meeting.
P.94-95 – Book Review “The Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England” by Rev E C S Gibson. ‘Three separate works on the Thirty-Nine articles have issued from the press during the last two years, and it would be a very healthy sign if we could attribute this activity to an increased appreciation of these venerable formularies. But, alas, all three works would seem to have been written with the common object of explaining away the protestant character of the Articles.’
Issue 7 – July 1897
P.97-98 – “Lawlessness Avowed”, editorial.
P.99 & 101 – A memorial was presented to the Queen which included: “ . . . And your memorialists further humbly pray that your majesty will cause such steps to be taken as may effectually prevent overtures towards union with any unscriptural Churches, or any approach towards any foreign Church being made in the name of the Established Church without the previous consent of your Majesty as being, under God, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. . . .”
P.101-102 – “The Greek Church”, comment on the ‘proposals for fraternising with the corrupt Communions of the East’.
P.102-106 – “Our Protestant Vans”, reports continuing from P.13.
P.106-108 – “Our Protestant Village Missions”, reports continued from P.26.
Issue 8 – August 1897
P.113-114 – “What is the Use of the Bishops?”, editorial. ‘. . . we hear of schemes for increasing the number of Bishops, for providing new Suffragans to do their work, and of the presentation of costly copes, staves, and other trinkets to these ‘successors’ of the Galilean fishermen. . . . Does the Church of England get value received for what her Episcopate costs?’
P.114 – Official Notes. A petition signed by 38,743 persons . . . was read in the House of Commons on Monday evening, July 12 th. The petition has been promoted by the Church Association, and sets forth a protest against the existing policy of the advisers of Her Majesty in the exercise of Patronage in the Church of England. It is pointed out, that out of a total of thirty-four bishops . . . there are twenty High Churchmen or Ritualists and not more than five Evangelical Churchmen.
P.119-120 – “St Augustine’s Mission to England”. One thing seems clear that England, whether considered as an island or as a nation, owes its conversion to others than the ‘Italian’ missionaries.
Issue 9 – September 1897
P.129-131 – “The Lambeth Conference”, editorial. ‘A feeling of relief at the break up of this private caucus of Anglican bishops seems to be shared by all parties. The sudden death of Archbishop Benson has seemed to many not unlikely to render nugatory the long-prepared scheme for elevating that astute “organiser” into the coveted position of “Patriarch”.’
P.135 – “Moribund ‘Vert-Catchers”. ‘The greed of the Church of Rome for manufacturing converts during the last hours when the mind is weakened and no contradiction is possible, has long been notorious.’
Issue 10 – October 1897
P.145-146 – “Our Work for the Winter”, editorial.
P.151-152 – “The Anglo-Russian” is the title of a new monthly journal which has sprung up out of the recent clerical amenities of Bishops Maclagan, Creighton and Wilkinson.
P.153-155 – “Professor Salmon on the Real Presence and on Transubstantiation”. ‘. . . And so the words of our communion service which are the most ancient, words which have been handed down to us from the very earliest times, are that versicle and response – ‘Lift up your hearts. We lift them up unto the Lord.’ Never have we had more need than now to raise the cry Sursum corda.’
Issue 11 – November 1897
P.161-162 – “St Paul in the Pillory”, editorial.
P.163 – “Official Notes” Together with a statement regarding the need for additional funds, is a notice advising that a lady member of the Association has several young canaries in full song for sale for the benefit of the Association, price 10s 6d (52p) each.
P.167 – “The Cleansing Blood of Christ”. ‘We have called attention to the attack made by Romanisers on the teaching of the Holy Spirit as to justification by faith. A more subtle form of undermining the same foundation truth is the “Broad Church” gloss as to the meaning of the “Blood” as revealed in the New Testament.’
P.167-168 – “Lord Grimthorpe on the Law of Faculties and Altars”. ‘A Judgment was delivered in the Consistory Court of York on September 23rd, which is of interest as bearing on the clandestine methods of obtaining faculties now too frequently permitted.’
P.171-173 – Book reviews on “The Church of England before the Reformation” by Rev Dyson Hague, and “The Secret History of the Oxford Movement” by Walter Walsh.
Issue 12 – December 1897
P.177-178 – “The Bishops’ Answer to Lord Halifax’s Appeal”, editorial.
P.179-181 – “The Church Congress at High Mass”, correspondence between the Association and the Bishop of Southwell.
P.182-185 – “Autumn Conference”. Proceedings of the conference at Shrewsbury.