James Ingall Wedgwood: Writings

Although not as prolific an author as Leadbeater, Wedgwood wrote a substantial number of works, some of them valuable sources of historical information. Unlike Leadbeater’s works, Wedgwood’s works have generally long been out of print, and some of the most interesting – mainly small pamphlets on controversial subjects – have long been all but unobtainable.


His major works were:

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1913 Meditation for Beginners Theosophical Publishing House, London [CW] – text available on-line at: http://www.katinkahesselink.net/other/wedg_meditation.html 20 editions were published between 1913 and 2011 in 3 languages.

1914 Varieties of Psychism Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar – digital version available on-line at: https://archive.org/details/b29012478

1926 The Distinctive Contribution of Theosophy to Christian Thought, The Blavatsky Lecture 1926, Theosophical Publishing House, London  [CW] Adyar – digital version available on-line at: http://resources.theosophical.org/pdf/Series/Blavatsky%20Lectures/BL_1926_Wedgwood_The_Distinctive_Contribution_of_Theosophy_to_Christian_Thought.pdf

1927 The Place of Ceremonies in the Spiritual Life St Alban Press, London [CW]

1928 The Presence of Christ in the Holy Communion Theosophical Publishing House, London [CW]

1929 The Larger Meaning of Religion Theosophical Publishing House, London, 1929 [CW]

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There have been some published collections of his works.

1976 New Insights Into Christian Worship, Selected Works of J.I. Wedgwood, Vol. I St Alban Press, London

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1984 The Presence of Christ in the Holy Communion and Other Writings St Alban Press, Sydney

JIW collected works

2004 The Collected Works of James I. Wedgwood, D.Sc., St Alban Press, San Diego, 2004; 2nd edition, 2007 This includes:



Chapter I. Introductory

Chapter II. What Is Man?

Chapter III. Man and His Pilgrimage

Chapter IV. What Is Religion?

Chapter V. The Scope and Aim of Religion

Chapter VI. An Explanation of Church Worship

Chapter VII. An Explanation of Church Worship

Chapter X. The Holy Eucharist: An Interpretation


Part I. The Place of Ceremonies In the Spiritual Life

Part II. A New Idea of Worship

Part III. Congregational Worship

Part IV. Church Music

Part V. The Longer and the Shorter Form

Part VI. The Blessed Sacrament

Part VII. Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament

Part VIII. The Service of Healing

Part XIX. The Ordination Services

Part XX. Various Services

Part XXI. The Symbolism of the Altar

Part XXII. Work with the Dead


Part I. The Presence of Christ in the Holy Communion

Part II. The Distinctive Contribution of Theosophy to Christian

Part III. The Sacraments and the Theory of ‘Economy’

Part IV. Various Subjects


Part I. Introduction

Part II. What Meditation Is

Part III. First Steps

Part IV. Concentration

Part V. Meditation

Part VI. Contemplation

Part VII. The Search for the Master

Part VIII. Physical Aids to Meditation



Part I. The Sources of the Attacks

Part II. The Consecration of Bishop Mathew at Utrecht in April, 1908

Part III. Our Breach with Archbishop Mathew

Part IV. Bishop Willoughby and the Succession

Part V. A Letter from Bishop Willoughby

Part VI. The Unworthiness of the Minister

Part VII. The Validity of Bishop Willoughby’s Consecration

Part VIII. Conclusion


Part I. Some Details of History

Part II. The Question of Validity

Part III. The Verdict of the Old Catholic Church

Part IV. The Credentials of the Liberal Catholic Church

Part V. Conclusion

Roman Catholic Opinion


Part I. Beginnings of the L.C.C.

Part II. The Old Catholic Church

Part III. Our Breach with Abp. Mathew

Part IV. The Reorganization of the Church

A detailed table of contents for the 2nd edition can be found at: https://books.google.com.au/books?id=UnCUG-bYPFQC&pg=PR1&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false

Works listed above and below and marked [CW] are found in the 2nd edition of The Collected Works of James I. Wedgwood, D.Sc.

The lesser known, but more important, works on aspects of the history of the Theosophical Society and, particularly, the Liberal Catholic Church, include:

nd The Facts Regarding the Episcopal Succession in the Liberal Catholic Church author, np [CW]

nd Spiritualism and the Great War Theosophical Publishing House, London

nd Universal Co-Masonry. What Is It? Supreme Council of Universal Co-Masonry for Great Britain, (London), nd

1914 “The Modern Ceremonial Revival”, in The Herald of the Star, March, 1914

1918 “Some Reminiscences of Mr Leadbeater”, in Union Lodge Lectures, (Union Lodge, TS), (London), 1918

1918 “The Old Catholic Church”, in Union Lodge Lectures, (Union Lodge TS), (London), 1918

1918 “The Old Catholic Church”, in Occult Review, June 6, 1918

1918 A Statement Concerning the Order of Corporate Reunion, author, London, 1918

1919 The Liberal Catholic Church and the Theosophical Society. Where They, Agree and Where They Differ St Alban Press, Sydney

1919 Reply to Mr Martyn author, Sydney

1920 The Lambeth Conference and the Validity of Archbishop Mathew’s Orders. An Open Letter to His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury author, Sydney [CW]

1926 St Michael’s Centre, Huizen author, Huizen, 1926

1926 “The Liberal Catholic Church, Its Doctrinal Position”, in The Liberal Catholic, July, 1926

1926 The Distinctive Contribution of Theosophy to Christian Thought, The Blavatsky Lecture 1926, Theosophical Publishing House, London

1928 A Tract for the Times. An Open Letter Addressed to the Clergy of the Liberal Catholic Church on the Continent of Europe author, Huizen

1929 The Theosophical Society and Kindred Organizations. An Open Letter to the General Council of the Theosophical Society in Reply to a Letter of Mrs Jinarajadasa author, Huizen

1930 “Gaining of Spiritual Experience” in Theosophy, Past and Future: being the four convention lectures delivered in Adyar at the fifty-fourth anniversary of the Theosophical Society, December, 1929 Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, 1930

1938 “The History of the Liberal Catholic Church, 1. Beginnings”, in The Liberal Catholic, January and February, 1938

1950 “The Old Catholic Church”, in The Liberal Catholic, July, 1950

1951 “The Policy of the Liberal Catholic Church”, in The Liberal Catholic, July, 1951

1966 The Beginnings of the Liberal Catholic Church St Alban Press, Ojai [CW]

Additionally, Wedgwood wrote a number of works on the organ:

1904 Tonal Design in Modern Organ Building Embodying a reply to Mr. R. Mayrick-Roberts … Reprinted from the London “Musical Opinion.” In answer to R. Meyrick-Roberts’ articles “On Modern Tendencies in Organ-Building” published in the same journal London: Houghton & Co., 1904; London: Winthrop Rogers, 1905

[1905] A Comprehensive Dictionary of Organ Stops: English and Foreign, Ancient and Modern, Practical, Theoretical, Historical, Aesthetic, Etymological, Phonetic London: Vincent Music Co., [1905] published as Number 38 in the Schirmer’s “Red Series of Music Text Books”; 2nd edition 1907; 3rd edition 1909; 4th edition [1910]; 5th edition [1911]; 6th edition 1920; 7th edition 1920; 8th edition [1930]. There is some confusion in the numbering of editions because of publication in London and New York: Vincent Music Co, Winthrop Reeves and Winthrop Rogers in London; Boosey and Hawkes, and G. Schirmer in New York; and Boston Music, Boston. Digital version of the 3rd edition available on-line at: https://archive.org/details/cu31924022450831 37 editions were published between 1900 and 2015 in English.

1910 Some Continental Organs (Ancient and Modern) and Their Makers With specifications of many of the fine examples in Germany and Switzerland. London, W. Reeves, 1910, describing the technical specifications of organs in European cities from Haarlem and Aix-la-Chapelle, to Cologne, Stuttgart, Lucerne and Strasburg.

His thesis for the degree of DSc at the Sorbonne was Sur la production du son par les tuyaux a bouche de l’orgue Paris, Editions Rhea, 1921.

For Wedgwood, see also: https://cwleadbeater.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/james-ingall-wedgwood/

For Wedgwood and Leadbeater, see: https://cwleadbeater.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/leadbeater-and-wedgwood/


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