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In 1880, John Spencer Curwen wrote of how churches of various denominations that had once opposed musical instruments had yielded to the popular demand for the organ,

Men still living can remember the time when organs were very seldom found outside the Church of England.  The Methodists, Independents, and Baptists rarely had them, and by the Presbyterians they were stoutly opposed.  But since these bodies began to introduce organs, the adoption of them has been steady and unchecked.  Even the Presbyterians are giving way, and if we read the future by the past, we can hardly doubt that, in a few years, unaccompanied singing will very seldom be heard. – John Spencer Curwen, Studies in Worship Music

Old Light on New Worship, John Price, pages 140 141

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