The Mounted Curate (1869)

The Mounted Curate

A correspondent who writes to the Church Review on matters before the public which now, though not apparently connected with ecclesiastical affairs, still may have some effect on the Church, says: – “Absurd though it may seem at first sight, I should not wonder if the velocipede mania may have beneficial effects in process of time by saving the country and mission clergy the cost of keeping horses – now a very heavy tax on small incomes. If a mission priest or a country curate is forced to keep a pony on his small income of some £100 a year, anything that saves this expenditure is important. What now seems a folly for the vain and frivolous may become a useful means of rapid communication.”

The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, May 05, 1869; pg. 4

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