Evidence of Cardinal N. Wiseman before the Select Committee on the Law of Mortmain

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Twenty-six folio pages of proofs of Wiseman's evidence to the Select Committee on the Law of Mortmain, 17 July 1851. The proof was corrected by Wiseman, making additions and alterations to his replies, and the final version incorporating.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cardinal Nicholas Patrick Stephen Wiseman (1802-65) was born in Seville, the second son of James Wiseman by his second wife, Xaviera. He was sent to a school at Waterford and then to Ushaw College, followed in 1818 by studies at the English College at Rome. He obtained a doctorate in theology in 1824 and was ordained a priest in 1825. In 1827 the office of professor supernumerary of Hebrew and of Syro-Chaldaic was created for him at La Sapienza in Rome. The same year he was also appointed vice rector of the English College; he was its rector, 1828-40. In 1840 Wiseman was promoted to be coadjutor of Bishop Walsh, who was the vicar apostolic of the Midland District. When Dr Walsh succeeded Bishop Thomas Griffiths as vicar apostolic for the London District, Wiseman became pro-vicar apostolic for the same district. On Walsh's death in 1849, Wiseman succeeded him. In September 1850 Wiseman was translated to the newly constituted see of Westminster. He became a cardinal in October 1850.

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