The convention, started in a private manner by Canon Harford-Battersby, then vicar of Keswick, and Mr Robert Wilson in 1874, met first in 1875, and rapidly grew after the first few years, both in numbers and influence, in spite of attacks on the alleged "perfectionism" of some of its leaders and on the novelty of its methods.
Harford-Battersby (Hastings, Dict.
Harford Battersby, Ency.
Bennett, in Haupt's Sacred Books of the Old Testament; Carpenter and Harford-Battersby, Comp. of Hexateuch, ch.
Addis, Documents of the Hexateuch, Carpenter and Harford-Battersby, The Hexateuch, and C. F.