Westcott (and Hort) are sometimes lumped as secret sympathisers of the Roman Catholic Church by King James Onlyers. the damning evidence comes in the form of a letter attributed to Westcott: says one King James Onlyer http://www.lifefebc.com/febc/BurnBush/V4N2A6.htm "Westcott and Hort were also secret worshippers of Mary. Westcott wrote from France to his fiancée as early as 1847, After leaving the monastery, we shaped our course to a little oratory which we discovered on the summit of a neighbouring hill . . .. Fortunately we found the door open. It was very small, with one kneeling place; and behind a screen was a "Pieta" the size of life [ie, a Virgin and dead Christ] . . .. Had I been alone I could have knelt there for hours (Westcott, Life of Westcott, I:81)." an interesting detail on this is cited in Gary Hudson, who traces the source of this allegation to an SDA seminary dean Benjamin Wilkinson: http://www.kjvonly.org/gary/eye_opener.htm "Wilkinson, page 152: “WESTCOTT writes from France to his fiancée, 1847: ‘After leaving the monastery, we shaped our course to a little oratory which we discovered on the summit of a neighboring hill.... Fortunately we found the door open. It is very small, with one kneeling-place; and behind a screen was a ‘Pieta’ the size of life (i. e. a Virgin and a dead Christ)....Had I been alone I could have knelt there for hours.’”" Scott McClare further critiques the SDA-based quote as a Fallacy of Accent at http://www.geocities.com/xenu_rules/ambiguity-accent.html, where he compares the elliptical quote w Westcott's original letter (pasted below). ASHBY-DE-LA-ZOUCH, 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, 1847. My dearest Mary - As I fancy that we shall go out to-morrow, I will begin my note now without a longer preface. Yesterday we had a splendid walk to the monastery, going the same road as you went in summer; but now all the treees and hedges are covered with a delicate white frost, and the craggy rocks seemed gigantic in the mist, and all the country looked more lovely and wild and un-British than I have ever before seen it. We went into the chapel, but I cannot say that I was so much pleased with it as before, and the reason was that I did not hear the solemn chant of those unearthly voices whcih seem clearly to speak of watchings and fastings, and habits of endurance and self-control which would be invaluable if society could reap their fruits; as it was, the excessive finery and meanness of the ornaments seemed ill to suit the spiritual worship which we are told should mark the true church. After this we went round the cloisters and into the Refectory, but I felt less than ever to admire their selfish life. After leaving the monastery we shaped our course to a little oratory which we discovered on teh summit of a neighbouring hill, and by a little scrambling we reached it. Fortunately, we found the door open. It is very small , with one kneeling-place; and behind a screen was a "Piéta" the size of life. The sculpture was painted, and such as group in such a place and at such a time was deeply impressive, I could not help thinking on the fallen grandeur of the Romish Church, or her zeal even in error, on her earnestness and self-devotion, which we might, with nobler views and a purer end, strive to imitate. Had I been alone I could have knelt there for hours. On leaving, we followed a path across beautiful rocks fringed by firs loaded with hoar-frost, and, passing by many a little deepening glen, came to the road, above which stood a large crucifix. I wish it had been a cross. I wish earnestly we had not suffered superstition to have brought that infamy on the emblem of our religion which persecution never could affix to it. But I am afraid the wish is vain. I thought I had spoken to you of the fearful distress in Ireland (and in parts of Scotland too). I am sure you will feel as I do. I have very little money to spare, but if there is any collection I wish you would give five shillings for me, and I will pay you when I return; and let us not only think of the temporal wants of our unfortunate sister isle, but also of her spiritual degradation, which is, I am sure, closely connected with its present miseries. ==== the portions taken out and replaced w ellipses seem like a deliberate attempt to invert what Westcott was trying to communicate. if so, Westcott wasn't so enamoured w Romanism after all. his calling it "Romish" shd've been a givaway.