- Thompson Cooper
Dodsworth, William(1798–1861), catholic writer, born in 1798, received his education at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1820, M.A. in 1823 (Graduati Cantab. ed. 1873, p. 118). He took orders in the established church, and at first held ‘evangelical’ doctrines, but in course of time, having been drawn to tractarianism, he became in 1829 minister of Margaret Street Chapel, Cavendish Square, London, where he was a popular preacher, his sermons being marked by stress of thought and simplicity of manner. About 1837 he was appointed perpetual curate of Christ Church, St. Pancras, London. His faith in the church of England was so rudely shaken by the judgment in the Gorham case, that he resigned his preferment and joined the Roman catholic church in January 1851. Being married he could not take orders in the church of his adoption, and after his conversion he led a quiet and unobtrusive life as a layman of that community. He died in ...