Issue 1 – January 1903
P.1-2 – “The New Education Act”, editorial.
P.3 – “The Kensit Memorial”. ‘The London Council of the United Protestant Societies have given the matter of a Memorial to the late Mr John Kensit careful consideration.’ Four recommendations are outlined ‘which have the entire approval of Mr J A Kensit’ (son).
P.4-7 – “Dorchester, Oxford”. Comments on the ‘unfortunate parish evidence of the Romish teaching to which it has long been subjected.’
P.7-9 – “The Dean of Ripon’s paper”. Correspondence relating to the Deity of Christ.
Issue 2 – February 1903
P.17-18 – “The Bishops on Church Discipline”, editorial.
P.19 – ‘The Council have decided to organise seven great Protestant meetings in London as follows, Kilburn, Hackney, Peckham, Stratford, Mile End, Brixton, culminating in a great meeting in St James Hall, (Piccadilly). . . . The object of these great meetings is to press the Government to fulfil the pledge given by the House of Commons that if the Bishops did not speedily restore order in the Church further legislation would be necessary.’
P,21-22 – “The Confessional in the Diocese of St Albans”
P.22 – “The Vacancies in the Episcopate”. Letter to the Rt Hon A J Balfour. ‘In the providence of God you are now called to advise His Majesty the King as to his choice of a Primate for the National Church, as well as of other high dignitaries in that Church, to positions recently rendered vacant by death. . . . That the Almighty may give you that wisdom, grace, and guidance which alone can inspire you with courage to do your part in cleansing and defending His Church is the sincere and fervent prayer of your obedient servant, . Chairman.’
P.23-25 – “In Darkest Plymouth”. Comment on ritualistic practices.
P.25-28 – “Our Protestant Vans”. An updated report.
Issue 3 – March 1903
P.33-35 – Bp Ingram and St Michael’s, Shoreditch’, editorial – an exposure of heretical teaching.
P.36 – “The Vacant Bishoprics”. ‘We understand the delay in making the appointments to Winchester and St Albans is entirely owing to the strong Protestant feeling, which is rising throughout the country, and which has been so remarkably evidenced in the Newmarket and West Derby elections.’
P.38-40 – “In Darkest Plymouth”, continued from P.25.
P.40-41 – “Great Demonstration at St James’s Hall”, comment on this meeting presided over by the Earl of Portsmouth.
P.43-45 - “Protestant Demonstrations”, accounts of these demonstrations held in five London boroughs.
Issue 4 – April 1903
P.49-51 – “The Church Discipline Bill”, editorial.
P.54-55 – “Church Discipline Bill, 1903”. The text of the Bill.
P.56-59 – “The Spring Conference”, proceedings of the conference held in Manchester.
Issue 5 – May 1903
P.65-67 – “’Administration’ by Bishops in lieu of Observance of Law”, editorial.
P.69-70 – “Why I Left St Michael’s”. ‘The Rev H M M Evans has published his reasons for resigning that living, and very instructive they are.
P.70-72 – “Backstairs Revision of the Liturgy”, comments on the ‘proposed alterations in the printing of the Prayer Book’.
P72-76 – “Our Protestant Vans”. Report on recent activities.
Issue 6 – June 1903
P.81-83 – “The Programme of the Priest-Party”, editorial.
P.83-85 – “The Bp of London’s Appeal to the Evangelicals”, a letter from the Chairman of the Association commenting on the appeal.
P.85 – ‘Our 11 vans made a brave show in London last month. For four days they paraded the streets in the City, West End and South London, and they were the admiration of tens of thousands of people. “Thank God for these vans,” was a common form of expression made to our evangelists.’
P.86-88 – “The Requiem Mass at St Paul’s”, comment and letter from the Association.
P.88-90 – “Mr Dimock on the Misprinted Catechism”
P.91-94 – “The Annual Meeting”, proceedings of the meeting held in London.
P.94-95 – “King Edward’s Visit to the Vatican”. ‘As is apparent, the Papal Church, having lost Italy, having been found out in France; and, indeed, having alienated more or less all Roman Catholic nations, is playing for England; and just as to gain individuals it will accommodate itself to any kind of character, and to any kind of life, so to conciliate nations it is willing to stultify itself by the most outrageous inconsistencies of conduct and policy.’
Issue 7 – July 1903
P.97-99 – “The Russell-Wakefield Declaration”, editorial.
P.100-101 – Correspondence relating to ‘The Bishop of London’s Appeal to the Evangelicals’ and ‘The Russell-Wakefield Declaration’.
P.102-104 – “The Confessional in School Education”, comment on the Woodard System of Schools.
P.104-107 – “Mr Cripps’s Church Discipline Bill”, correspondence.
Issue 8 – August 1903
P.113-114 – “The Russell-Wakefield Fiasco”, editorial.
P.116-117 – “The Bishop of London v Evangelical Churches”. ‘Sixteen clergymen and a rather larger number of laymen have replied to the Bishop of London’s proposal to sanction the adoption of a “distinctive dress” at Holy Communion.’
P.117-119 – “The King’s Declaration against Transubstantiation etc.”
P.119-120 – “The Bishop of Southwell on the Ornaments Rubric”. Discussion following the Russell-Wakefield declaration.
P.120-124 – “Our Protestant Vans”. Reports.
Issue 9 – September 1903
P.129-130 – “The Romeward Movement”, editorial.
P.131 – “The ‘Cope Devereux’ Commandment Fund.” ‘This is a small fund started by the late Mr Cope Devereux for the purpose of helping Evangelical Clergymen to restore the Table of Commandments in churches whence they have been removed by the Ritualists. . . . the Council of the Church Association has now taken over the fund and will work the same in future.’
P.132-133 – “Canon Jelf and the Lawbreakers”, correspondence with the Canon of Rochester.
P.134-137 – “New Light on Elizabeth’s Act of Uniformity”. ‘The history of the Elizabethan Settlement is of present day interest, for it is now admitted that her Act of Uniformity (and not the so-called “Ornaments Rubric”) is still the legal standard of ritual.’
P.137-138 – “Lord Cranborne’s Faux Pas”, press comments on ‘The zeal of “the Cecils” for the priest party is well known’.
P.138-139 – “The Protestant Dictionary”. ‘Friends of Protestantism will be pleased to learn that, under the above title, a work, which is likely to prove of the highest importance at the present crisis in the Church of England and in the religious condition of the country at large is about to be issued. The work will embrace within a compass of 800pp the various subjects, historical and doctrinal, connected with the Romish and Ritualistic controversies.’ Among the 40+ contributors the name of the Rev Preb Henry Wace appears.
Issue 10 – October 1903
P.145-146 – “Episcopal Autocracy”, editorial.
P.148 – “The Cecil Scheme for the Priestly Jurisdiction”.
P.149-151 – “The Brighton Faculty Case”. Article and photograph of ‘idols removed from the Church of the Annunciation, Brighton’.
P.154-159 – Extended reviews of two books; - “The Jesuits in Great Britain: An Historical Inquiry into Their Political Influence” by Walter Walsh and “Christ, AntiChrist and the Millenium” by the Rev David D Rutledge.
Issue 11 – November 1903
P.161-163 – “How Can We ‘Trust the Bishops’?”, editorial.
P.163 – ‘The Kensit memorial at Hampstead Cemetery, which has been erected by the London Council of United Protestant Societies, 51 in number, was unveiled on Saturday, the 10th ult.’ The Church Association actively supported this memorial and received contributions towards its cost.
P.163 – ‘Protestant Churchmen are indebted . . . for a munificent contribution of £5,000 towards the Church Association Parliamentary Fund of £50,000, which will be required if the Protestant Question is to be brought properly forward at the General election.’
P.164-165 – “The Growth of Monkery in the Church of England”. ‘Visitors to the Bristol Church Congress were startled by seeing a stall for the sale of embroidery and vestments under the care of live monks dressed in the habit of the Benedictine Order.’
P.167-168 – “Canon MacColl’s Latest fable”. ‘A Sunday School girl asked by her teacher, “What was meant by Self-denial?” answered, “Please m’m, it is saying you’re not in, when you are in.” In that sense of the term, Canon MacColl is one of the most remarkable examples of self-denial.’
P.169 – “In Ireland as under the Bourbons”. ‘The above was the title of a remarkable lecture on the threatened endowment by the Government of a popish university.’
P.169-173 – “Our Protestant Vans”, reports.
Issue 12 – December 1903
P.177-178 – “The Society of ‘The Catechism’”, editorial.
P.178 – ‘The sudden death of the Rev A A Isaacs, when engaged as chaplain on behalf of th Church Association at Düsseldorf, has deprived the Association of one of its earliest friends and most trusted supporters.’
P.179-180 – “Playing at Monks”, a report on a day spent at Painsthorpe ‘Priory’.
P.182-184 – “Great Protestant Demonstration at Bristol”. Report of a meeting ‘called together by a great public object, to deal with a great public question and difficulty.’
P.184-188 – “The Autumn Conference”, report of the meetings held in Norwich.
A continuing feature of the ‘Intelligencer’ is the regular inclusion of details of the numerous countrywide Branches and Lodges - together with the Ladies’ Column and Young Protestants’ Union - of the Church Association. This includes news of local activities and frequent reports of the formation of new branches. The ‘Intelligencer’ also publishes lists of subscriptions and donations to its funds.
The Annual report of the Association presented at the meeting of 2nd May 1904 lists the formation of the Church Association Trust. ‘During the past year the Council has caused to be formed an Incorporated Trust, the date of the Somerset House certificate being December 4th 1903. This had become a necessity, as various trust properties had been taken over by the Council, and it seemed likely that if a trust were formed, other like properties would come in. As a beginning we have one advowson in the South of England, and another in Lancashire, with a third one, which is expected shortly. Then we have a Foreign chaplaincy (Christ Church, Düsseldorf); schools in Lancashire; the Luther Home in London; and £2000 in trust for the augmentation of two livings, so long as the teaching and practices are of an Evangelical character. The Council is now in a position to receive gifts of advowsons or other property to be held in Protestant interests, and patrons and trustees who are seeking a trust based on distinctly Protestant principles cannot do better than carefully inquire into this one.’