This was a written copy (what happened to original letter not known) of the original
'Irving and the Irvingites'
Edward Irving (1792-1832) was a minister of the Scottish church. He moved to London 1822 as a Presbyterian minister at Hatton Gardens Chapel and almost at once attracted the attention of London Society by his oratory in the pulpit, so much so that within six months he was a famous man. In Mar 1831 he was excommunicated for heretical views from the ministry and membership of the established Church of Scotland. In 1835 he constituted the Catholic Apostolic Church with the cooperation of Henry Drummond (banker) and Mr Cardale (solicitor). It consisted of a hierarchy comprising: 1. Apostles; 2. Evangelists; 3. Prophets; 4. Angels or Pastors. The liturgy was characterised by elaborate ceremonies. The development of the sect after Irving's death in 1834 continued to be spectacular. At the time of Irving's death 6 apostles had been called. By the end of 1836 the College was complete with 12. There were now 12 branches in London, each with a substantial congregation. Many converts were made; at one time the community comprised over 40 churches in Great Britain
By 1854 the imposing Church in Gordon Sq was completed and remained its headquarters till recent times.(See 'Irving and the Irvingites' in 'Essays and biographies' by J A Symons, 5 1869)
'Mr Sitwell of Barmoor Castle'
This Mr Frank Sitwell was the youngest brother of Sir Sitwell Sitwell (great-great-grandfather of Sir Osbert Sitwell the writer). The hunting exploits of these brothers were many and famous - see the episode of the hunting of a 'Royal Bengal Tiger' escaped from a menagerie in Sheffield related by Sir Osbert Sitwell in his left hand, right hand: an autobiography vol 1 p 15. The sudden conversion of Mr Frank Sitwell on the hunting field 'to the awe and astonishment of his companions' is not mentioned by Sir Osbert
'I think the times are at hand when those gifts [of healing] will be restored in answer to the prayers of tens of thousands'
'Simon Magus and Elymas the Sorcerer drew many after them by sorceries and wonders which they practised and in earlier times Jannes and Jambres competed with Moses, and up to a certain point they competed successfully' Exodus 7.11. verse 412
11 'Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt. They also did in like manner with their enchantments'
12 'For they cast down every man his rod and they become serpents' Timothy II.8 ch 3.8
'Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth ...'
'Simon which before time used sorcery' See Acts 8 9-24
'Ely was the sorcerer' See Acts 13 8-12
For instances of Healing Power in the modern world see letter of 26 Mar 1884 JB to Stanley describing her visit to the House of Healing
Biog: Maurice Gregory, John Wesley, Edward Irving Mr Frank Sitwell of Barmoor Castle, Spencer Perceval MP, Henry Drummond, Mr FB Meyer