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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 76

Settlement in England

page 47

Settlement in England.

After arriving in England we tried several places on the southern coast, and finally settled and took a house at Bournemouth; and as the site was cut out of a plantation of pines I had to resume the work I was accustomed to in New Zealand, by planting trees and shrubs, and making flowers grow where they never grew before. We had some pleasant friends near us, and have had good reason to be satisfied with the years spent at that rapidly advancing waterside resort, where also I was able to take a humble part in hospital management and other charitable works, as well as to keep up a connection with several benevolent institutions in London. For many years I was attached to the Church of England, and enjoyed the friendship of many clergymen and ministers of this and of other orthodox Churches, and had good reason to very highly appreciate their noble efforts for the spiritual welfare of their flocks; and I well know how great has been the influence of Christianity on the laity belonging to orthodox Churches in all parts of the world, but I never felt quite satisfied with the creeds and Trinitarian doctrines held by these Churches.