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1889 Excerpt: ...of Melton--of whom numberless stories were afloat.
He was a very energetic clergyman for those days; more than a
little odd in his way of carrying out his views. For example, he
was on very good terms with the hunting-men, who, when they
ventured to chaff him, received their own with compound interest.
One day he fell in with a knot of them, much disposed to banter. He
said to them, 'You are not at all a bad sort, but I wish I could
see you at church.' 'Oh, doctor, we will come some s day.' 'Yes,
but some day is no day. Now, will you promise to come on Sunday
weekf They readily promised, but never thought of fulfilling it.
The next Sunday he gave notice of a charity sermon for the Sunday
following. When that day came, none of his friends under bond
appeared. At the end of the Litany he bid the clerk, whose stave
was all the church music then in vogue, to begin Psalm 119, and go
on until he stopped him. At the same time he sent out the sexton to
hunt up the red-coats, and remind them of their promise. After
awhile several of them came trooping in, when the Vicar said
audibly, 'Stop here they come, every man of them worth a guinea '
He was passionately fond of music, and an unfailing visitor at all
the public meetings. A sort of caricature of him was published--a
good but very unflattering likeness of the man himself playing the
violoncello. He said once to an old friend of mine, as he left his
house to walk back to Melton, 'When I get to such a point, the
double drums will come in;' which meant that, as he walked, he
should hum to himself the whole of a certain work of Handel, and
that he would reach the point named when the drums struck up in the
oratorio. Once, on the occasion of the Bishop's visitation, the
appointed preacher failed to appear. His lordsh...
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Frederick Edward Gretton
||246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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