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Mozley, Thomas

MOZLEY, THOMAS (1806-1893), English divine and writer, was born at Gainsborough in 1806, the son of a bookseller and publisher in that town. From Charterhouse school he proceeded to Oriel College, Oxford, where he became the pupil, and subsequently the intimate friend, of John Henry Newman. In 1831 he was ordained, and became, in 1836, rector of Cholderton, Wiltshire. He was, from its beginning, a strong supporter of the Tractarian movement, and after contributing for some time to the British Critic, the chief organ of the movement, succeeded Newman as editor in 1841. In 1843 he was on the point of joining the Roman Catholic Church. Newman, however, strongly advised him to take two years to reflect, and long before that period had elapsed Mozley had determined to remain an Anglican. In 1844 he began to write leading articles for The Times, and continued to do so regularly for many years. In 1847 he resigned his country living and settled in London, but in 1868 accepted the living of Plymtree, Devonshire. From 1876- 1880 he was rural dean of Ottery St Mary's, Devon. He resigned his living in 1880, and removed to Cheltenham, where he died on the 17th of June 1893.

He was the author of Reminiscences, chiefly of Oriel, and the Oxford Movement, published in 1882.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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