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Document number: 6365
Date: 03 Dec 1850
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MATTHEWS John
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 6th January 2011

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Lacock Vicarage

Dec 3 1850

Dear Sir

I thank you for your kind suggestions We are very liable on this exciting occasion, to run to extremes &, therefore, I did not admire the sudden burst of zeal in the Bishop of Bath & Wells, calling upon his clergy to instruct all their flocks thoughroughly, from the oldest to the infant, on the polish controversy. And I did feel some hesitation when Mr Cullen asked for the rooms. Still it will not do to be silent here. you are but little aware, perhaps, how generally & how long the Tractarian publications have been spread & planted in the parish: The fruit I fear has yet to appear. I am, therefore, glad, upon the whole that the evil has been exposed by one who knows it from sad experience. His Lectures will close on Monday next he has delivered two and for the future I shall be guided, as to the schools, by the wish expressed in the conclusion of your note.

Any future applicant for the use of the rooms, I will beg to be allowed to refer to you for permission, & I will send with them a note explaining their object & character as far as I may be able to ascertain them

I beg to remain Dear Sir very faithfully Yrs
J Matthews

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