chapter  II
Samuel Barnett and his Friends, 1884-1913
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Harold Spender, J. A. Spender's brother, made a different and perhaps bigger point when he suggested that Barnett's church, which had sent him to Whitechapel in 1873, to Bristol in 1893 and to Westminster in 1906, 'failed to follow or to understand what Barnett tried to do at Toynbee - and outside'. It never 'quite registered'. 'They were shocked at the breadth of his appeal, the fact that he was always seeking a point of unity.' 'Some of them, indeed, did their best to drive him, as they drove Wesley, outside their fold. It was only his own good patience ... that kept him within.' Barnett was made a Canon, first at Bristol in 1893, where he was able to work while retaining his Wardenship, then at nearby Westminster in 1906, when he became in consequence President of Toynbee Hall, a new office, instead of Warden. The canonries were well deserved. Yet according to Spender, they were not enough. Barnett should have been canonised. 'The Church of England missed one of its great chances. God sent them a St Francis and because he did not wear a cowl and cord they threw him out.