John Dury was a seventeenth-century divine who set himself the am? bitious task of uniting the different sects of the Protestant churches. He recognised that there were grave difficulties to be overcome and obsti? nate prejudices to be removed before his ideal could be attained, but he firmly believed that those difficulties were not insuperable nor those prejudices ineradicable. So he became a wandering Churchman, turning up in the most unexpected places, making desperate efforts to realise his winsome and majestic ideal. In an age of intellectual complexity, religious unrest, and political change, people were attracted by his singular spirit of devotion, his simplicity of purpose, and his honesty of conviction. Many were persuaded by his genuine earnestness that his was a practicable scheme capable of early realisation.

But if in some quarters he met with kindly encouragement, like all idealists he had to submit to a full measure of

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