23 SEPTEMBER 1882, Page 2

The Church has lost one of its most considerable personages.

Dr. Pusey died on Saturday, the 16th inst., in his eighty-third yeax. Of the eminent men who led the Oxford Movement of 1832-45, he was almost the only one who remained true to its original idea,— that the Church of England was, in origin, in doctrine, and in organisation, a true branch of the Universal Church, and refused absolutely to secede. In that conviction he passed an unusually long life, becoming gradually the trusted chief and referee of his party, and through his firmness of character and grace of life living down much of the hostility of his opponents. He never cared much about Ritualism, being essentially an aristocrat, with the indifference of his caste to small details, and something, perhaps, of the English disrespect for symbolism ; but he maintained to the last his High-sacramental views, and his belief that a function essential to man had been entrusted to an Order. Whatever may be thought of his theology or of his logic, few will deny him the credit of a consistent, and, in its way, great life, passed in propagating ideas which he believed to be true, in the face of opponents who became, from time to time, also persecutors. His name and his guidance are no longer necessary to the sehool he founded, but it will be seen, we think, that with him a certain amount of bone and muscle has been withdrawn from it. His very defect, his inability to move either to the right hand or the left outside the furrow traced,'as he thought, by a divine ploughshare, was to him a strength.