I know the question may seem weird, but I was reading an old history book the other day and the author seemed to be an old high Church Anglican that put a lot of weight on ceremony and I was very surprised to see that he equated 'confirmation' with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. What I am wondering is if this was just an old idea entertained by some, or is actually a popular understanding by any modern Anglicans?
Here is the sort of thing this guys was saying (funny I think he was the brother of the famous writer William Wordsworth);
"Certain it is that the ancient Fathers speak of Confirmation as ministered by Bishops—as successors of the Apostles—for the bestowal of the gift of the Holy Ghost on the baptized." (CHURCH HISTORY to the COUNCIL OF NICÆA A.D. 325 by CHR. WORDSWORTH, D.D.p67)