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His agitation is understandable. He was cognisant of his reputation as a ‘coming man’. He also knew how far his ideas challenged conventional political as well as theological wisdom. Along with that intellectual self-confidence which bordered on arrogance went considerable personal vulnerability and insecurity. Despite the strong 38 Gladstone Centenary Essays early impression he had made on Peel and other Conservative leaders, he remained an inexperienced politician who had launched a controversial publication before his political position was secure.
The result was two treatises: The State in its Relations with the Church (1838) and the less well-known Church Principles Considered in their Results (1840). 26 Here it is necessary only to consider their effects on Gladstone’s development as a politician and, particularly, on his relationship with Peel. Gladstone was aware that his own religious priorities could alienate Peel. To friends of like religious mind, he indicated that Peel’s literally mundane politics militated against the kind of action they wished to encourage.
70–71. , pp. 72–73. 40 [J. H. Newman], Thoughts on the Ministerial Commission, London, Rivingtons, 1833; [J. H. Newman], The Catholic Church, London, Rivingtons, 1833. 41 D. Newsome, The Parting of Friends: The Wilberforces and Henry Manning, London, John Murray, 1966, p. 173. 42 ‘Dr Chalmers and the Scotch Church’, British Critic, Vol. 18, 1835, p. 453. 43 P. Nockles, ‘“Our Brethren in the North’’: The Scottish Episcopal Church and the Oxford Movement’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 47, 1996, pp.