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Bishop’s portrait

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20 September 2013

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From the Revd Christopher Miles

Sir, - I was interested to read Glyn Paflin's Diary item (13 September) about the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition on the spread of Anglicanism.

Perhaps because of a lack of facial hair, no mention is made of Bishop Charles Inglis, the first colonial bishop, who was consecrated as Bishop of Nova Scotia in 1787, and is regarded by the Anglican Church in Canada as its founding father.

He began his ministry in America in 1759 as an SPG missionary in Delaware. A photo of his portrait hangs in our house, my wife, Julia, née Inglis, being his great-great-great-granddaughter. His biography, The Life and Letters of Charles Inglis (SPCK, 1936), states that the original by Robert Field is in the National Portrait Gallery. His son John was also Bishop of Nova Scotia.

CHRISTOPHER MILES
2 Spa Close, Hadlow
Tonbridge, Kent TN11 0JX

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