Fifty years;: or, Dead leaves and living seeds
by Harry Jones
ISBN 0217937039 (0-217-93703-9)
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Softcover, General Books LLC, 2012
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1895 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III ST. GEORGE'S IN THE EAST The "cure" of St. George's in the East having been offered to, and declined by, one of my colleagues (who, after visiting it, brought back an unflattering account of the place), I was tempted to accept it myself. The Bishop of London (Jackson), in talking the matter over with me, said that if he had been twenty years younger than he was, and were in my position, he would go there himself; and thus, though I sorely felt leaving beloved St. Luke's, I struck my tent and marched to the east, where I worked for some ten years, finding the greatest sympathy from the officials of and residents in my new parish. Its church is a grand structure, having been built at about the same time as St. Martin's "in the Fields, and by the same architect. I had officiated in it once, years before, during the famous riots, when the rector (Bryan King) had left, and my old friend Hansard was in charge, having been sent there by Bishop Tait. On this occasion he preached and I read prayers. Then it was that I realised the nature of the disturbances which had taken place, as being theological and not purely mischievous. The church was packed by ardent "protestants" (many of them armed with prayer-books), who, while a surpliced choir in the gallery chanted the psalms, read them aloud at the top of their voices. There never was such a conscientious congregational row. When Dean Stanley came to preach for me shortly after my induction, and I remarked that ours was a hearty service, he replied, with one of his characteristic glances, "Ah! but nothing like what it was." Hansard had some curious experiences at St. George's. On one occasion, when he had to walk from the pulpit to the Communion Table, and passed, as usual, through a double line of aggri...
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