In the spring of 1868, Edwin A. Abbott gave a sermon at Westminster Abbey. Abbott was later accused of setting "the poor against the rich" in this sermon.
To see an excerpt of this sermon containing the part that most likely brought about the allegations against Abbott, click here.
In the weeks following the sermon, word spread to the Lord Mayor of London (William Allen) of what Abbott had said.
For the text of the July 25 1868 London Times article, click here.
This article details the City of London School Prize Day, as well as the controversy that almost ended with the Lord Mayor's refusal to distribute the prizes at the City of London School.
The Lord Mayor's threatened actions on Prize Day did not go unnoticed. When his term was complete, To see the November 21 1868 London Times article concerning this, click here.
Douglas-Smith, AE. History of the City of London School. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1965.