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placement in their original positions exist, and at the close of
1853, the Corporation architects reported the stones to remain in
good preservation. As .an English ecclesiologist, strongly
impressed with the obligation that rests on the Edinburgh
municipality, and indignant that this Vandal majority should dare
to attempt the repudiation of their trust, I invoke your
interference. The press, and the educated public opinion
represented by the Ecclesiological Society, are powers that were
unknown to the royal foundress of this beautiful church. I trust
they may aid the restoration party in Scotland to prevent a wrong
which she can as little have anticipated. I am, Sir, Your very
faithful servant, Wm. Sidney Gibson. Tynemoulh, l2th January, 1857.
KENTISH RAG AND BLACK POINTING. To the Editor of the
Ecclesiologist. Dear Mr. Editor,?Some years since, I ventured to
draw your attention to the (at that time) too common neglect of any
attempt to give character to our new Town churches, at all distinct
from that which we thought right to aim at in those designed for
rural districts. I am not now going to ask you to reopen the
question of design, but simply to allow me again to say a few words
as to the material which we so often employ in our London churches.
In my former letter, I protested against the custom, then rapidly
coming into fashion, of building the external walls of new churches
with the roughest, most rustic-looking, and unpolished materials,?
above all, with that rudest of stone, Kentish rag. I argued that
this kind of material, whose fitness and beauty in its own district
and among country scenes I should be the first to acknowledge, was
entirely out of place in town buildings, among crowds of houses,
and all the other evidences of man's presence and...
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