The priest was not with me at that moment, but he was not far off; so to try him further, I told him I had a clergyman with me, and, if he was sincere, I would have him married next morning, and bade him consider of it, and talk with the rest.
Before I went from their quarter they all came to me and told me they had been considering what I had said; that they were glad to hear I had a clergyman in my company, and they were very willing to give me the satisfaction I desired, and to be formally married as soon as I pleased; for they were far from desiring to part with their wives, and that they meant nothing but what was very honest when they chose them.
"Of course, if I am obliged to be a clergyman
, I shall try and do my duty, though I mayn't like it.
And the clergyman
's wife was sorry for her and took her into service; and she was industrious and thoughtful.
Left alone, Lady Lydiard decided on occupying her mind in the generous direction by composing her anonymous letter to the clergyman
. She had just taken a sheet of note-paper from her desk, when a servant appeared at the door announcing a visitor--
"Is he at the head of a grammar school, then, this clergyman
, such as that at Market Bewley?" said Mr.
stepped into the room where the corpse was laid, and bent over the coffin, to take a last farewell of his deceased parishioner.
There was a murmur among the dignified and reverend occupants of the balcony; and Governor Bellingham gave expression to its purport, speaking in an authoritative voice, although tempered with respect towards the youthful clergyman
whom he addressed.
But I am not sure of that; at least I know that the people in Broxton and Hayslope would have been very sorry to part with their clergyman
, and that most faces brightened at his approach; and until it can be proved that hatred is a better thing for the soul than love, I must believe that Mr.
"'But why are you to be a clergyman
? I thought that was always the lot of the youngest, where there were many to chuse before him."
I date my getting a choice of the two best sittings to let in the church from that time, and I date the clergyman
's first bow from my getting the sittings.
The explanation of the intent of matrimony was gone through; and then the clergyman
came a step further forward, and, bending slightly towards Mr.
"I was just thinking of her," he confesses pleasantly; "Miss Plym is so nice and plump, so comforting and domestic--such a perfect clergyman
On the opposite side sat a bald- headed old gentleman, with a good-humoured, benevolent face-- the clergyman
of Dingley Dell; and next him sat his wife, a stout, blooming old lady, who looked as if she were well skilled, not only in the art and mystery of manufacturing home-made cordials greatly to other people's satisfaction, but of tasting them occasionally very much to her own.
How it would have perplexed this good clergyman
if he had been told that he should give his name to the ROGER WILLIAMS BANK!"