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Papers relating to the case against Rev. J. Duffus
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Documents and correspondence connected with the charges preferred against the Rev. J. Duffus

Contains letters and statements relating to Rev. Duffus' moral conduct which were used in the 1847 commission. Includes letters written by Broughton stating his intention to establish the commission and correspondence between Duffus and Broughton regarding Duffus' technical objections to the formation and operation of the commission. Includes correspondence between the church wardens and Broughton. Documents the proceedings to determine the final decision upon the case after the commission had reached its con-clusion. Includes statement made by Broughton revoking Duffus' licence to perform ministerial duties in Broughton's diocese.

Documents of evidence

Contains documents brought before the commission of inquiry which were used to help determine the validity of charges made against Duffus by the church wardens. Includes a schedule of documents which lists the document number, the commissary's number, the date the document was written and a brief description on the nature of the document.

Letters and documents relating to the charge against Duffus

Contains letters, statements and certificates relating to the charges made against Rev. J. Duffus by George J. Armytage regarding Duffus' conduct in a public bar. Includes the statement made by G.J. Armytage in which he states that he saw Rev. J. Duffus drinking and smoking in a public bar. Also contains statements made by various witnesses attesting to the good character of Duffus. Includes letters to Broughton from Duffus refuting the charges made against him and welcoming an inquiry.

Papers relating to the case against Rev. J. Duffus

  • AU AU-MTC 033/6
  • Series
  • 1838-1847

In 1846 George James Armytage stated that he saw Rev. J. Duffus drinking and smoking in the tap room of a public bar. Broughton appointed a commission to investigate whether the charges made were legitimate and worth further investigation. After hearing from numerous witnesses who testified to Rev. Duffus' good character, the commission concluded that there was insufficient evidence to carry the investigation any further. In 1847 charges relating to Duffus' moral character were brought against him by the church wardens as a result of documents they had received from Mrs. Forbes and her daughter Mrs. C.A. Bull. Broughton again appointed a commission to investigate the validity of the charges.
The commission concluded that the charges were legitimate and should be investigated further. Broughton therefore held an ecclesiastical court hearing in which he heard the witnesses, and passed sentence

Broughton, William Grant

Report by W.G. Broughton on the Duffus case

Reports on the charges made against Rev. J. Duffus, minister of St. Luke' Church, Liverpool by the churchwardens regarding his moral conduct and acts of adultery with Charlotte Anne Forbes between June 1845 and June 1847. The purpose of writing the report is to examine the foundation of his episcopal jurisdiction and the legal right of a Colonial Bishop to exercise the same judicial power as Bishops in England. In doing so, he reports on the protest made by Mr. Duffus on the validity of the proceedings of the inquiry.