By N. C. Masterman

It is a full-length biography of the founder and relevant determine of the Christian Socialist flow of 1845-54, the man employee with F. D. Maurice, Charles Kingsley, Tom Hughes and Daniel and Alexander Macmillan. From a Whig liberal and in part Scottish kinfolk who had learnt to rule in India, Ludlow was once expert in progressive Paris and acted as a catalyst to a bunch of guys mentioned within the extra verified Britain of the 19th century. Outwardly the industrious and dependable subordinate of F. D. Maurice, he attempted desperately to force a gaggle of fellows alongside a direction of his personal devising and hence goaded them to undertake replacement regulations to his and to kingdom why they did so. His complete profession as attorney and Christian Socialist co-operator, would-be flesh presser and civil servant (for he eventually ended up because the first leader Registrar of pleasant Societies) was once formed, he maintained, through seven religious crises, and used to be an odd mix of success and frustration, of perception and obtuseness.

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There was a similar reaction among many of the thinkers of the time, such as Edmund Burke and S. T. Coleridge. This Conservative, religious reaction which had so strongly swayed the female portion of the family, revealed to Maurice that man was a sinner in need of redemption; that universal rational blueprints for humanity might find expression in a tyrannical and aggressive imperialism ; that human beings had wills and destinies which shaped their knowledge of the world as much as did their reason and that there might be something to be said for the claim of the Jews to be a chosen nation and the Catholic Church to be its heir.

But because of his still critical attitude to Englishmen, the orator who impressed him most was Daniel O'Connell, the great Irish leader, who also supported the British India Society. Here was something more popular and dynamic than the staid aristocratic Whigs could supply. O'Connell's voice, Ludlow tells us, had 'a bell-like resonance which even when it dropped to a whisper was heard throughout the hall, whilst his action was marvellously effective. I have seen him, quite an old man, bent literally double to express humiliation and yet the movement was as rhythmic as that of a tree trunk bending under a breeze'.

The Owenite Socialist leaders also held that to agitate for a purely political programme was an utter waste of time, and spoke like Tories on public platforms against the Chartists. Ludlow did not go as far as this, but he complained that Chartists broke up all meetings for any good cause other than their own. He felt compelled too, to look for an answer to his psychological needs in terms of religion rather than politics, and his decision to abandon the role of critical spectator was inspired by no political movement, but by religious faith.

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