Sir, - I enclose an advertisement which appeared in the last number of the
(London) Guardian: -
“VICARAGE VACANT. - Misterton, in the County of Nottingham and diocese of
Lincoln, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of York. Population 1700. Value
£130. Good house. Candidates must have served five years in some one diocese.
Applications with testimonials, should be sent, on or before the 23rd April
inst., to Chas. W. THISELTON, Esq., Chapter Clerk, York.”
From this it will appear that at all events the Dean and Chapter of Carlisle
are not the only capitular body that believe the clause in the Cathedrals
Act to be capable of receiving an interpretation other than that laid down by
the author of “Blarney in the Pulpit.”
Yours &c., M.
Sir, - I see that a meeting was held in St. James’s Schoolhouse on Monday on
behalf of the candidature of Mr. WALLACE for the vacancy of St. James’s
living, and it seems that Mr. WALLACE’s friends are of opinion that the trustees
are deserving of their censure foe appointing the man they have considered
most qualified to fill the vacancy.
Mr. WALLACE’s friends seem to be under some strange hallucination to think
that their sentiments are held by the parishioners to a man, as they say. For
I myself have a great many friends in that parish, where I have lived for
the last twenty years, and among them I find a directly opposite feeling to
that which Mr. WALLACE’s friends represent.
I have nothing against Mr. WALLACE as a promising young man; but I do
consider him much too young and inexperienced to take charge of a parish such as
this, and he or his advocates need not complain of being misled by the
trustees, as it is a long time since he was informed by the Dean that his application
could not be entertained.
As regards the vote of censure which the august committee are intending to
pronounce upon the action of the Dean of Carlisle, the Bishop of Rochester,
and the remainder of the trustees for St. James living, I think the standing
and character of these gentlemen will not be hurt by such a proceeding carried
out by the half dozen men the committee are composed of, and I am sure the
trustees could not have appointed a man more calculated to supply the place of
our late respected incumbent, “who will always be remembered by all who knew
him as a most excellent Christian minister and a faithful friend of his
people,” than Mr. GOSS, and I may assure that gentleman that he will receive a
cordial reception and have the active co-operation of the parishioners of St.
- I am &c.,
April 21, 1880