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.  
James Parish.

- I am &c.,

April 21, 1880