Philobiblon: Second thoughts on a preacher-man

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Second thoughts on a preacher-man

Frances Williams Wynn is today making a second visit to the Caledonian Church in Hatton Garden, and finding the Rev David Irving, isn't sounding quite so good the second time around.

And for those who think 19th-century churchgoing would have been a decorous business, there's also an awakening:

Even when one did not hear some voices crying for mercy and others for silence, the crowd pressed against the pew till they made every board creak, and kept one in continual apprehension that at last they would give way. During the last hour of the oration the people were more quiet; some servants, who I believe came for the fun of pushing about, were turned out, and we heard better.


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