Thomas Thellusson Carter, priest, 27th October 1901

Apart from his pastoral work and social concern, Carter helped pioneer the retreat movement and wrote books including the widely used The Treasury of Devotion.

Thomas Thellusson Carter

Born at Eton in 1808, and educated at Eton and Christ Church. Influenced by the Tractarian Movement. After ordination served at St Mary, Reading and Burnham and in 1844 was appointed rector of Clewer. He restored the parish church and built two daughter churches, founded a fund for the poor and a branch of the Temperance Society. He helped found a House of Mercy for rescue work for ‘fallen women’and assisted Harriet Monsell to found the Community of St John Baptist that opened over 40 branch houses. Apart from his pastoral work and social concern, Carter helped pioneer the retreat movement and wrote books including the widely used The Treasury of Devotion as well as books about confession, the Eucharist and the Priesthood. He was made an Honorary Canon of Christ Church. He resigned the living after a ritual trial but continued as Warden of the Sisters. He is described as a Tractarian at heart, firmly grounded in Scripture, the Church Fathers and the Anglican Divines. After his death in 1901, the Protestant journal The Truth described him as ‘a saintly man’and the Daily Telegraph as ‘one of the most venerated and the last of the Tractarians’.