April 23rd, 1847 (Friday)

April 23, 2009

Called upon Mr De la Motte, who had been in London, and done nothing about our affairs. We must have patience.

Sewell called upon Dr Radcliffe, but he was from home. We think it best to communicate our plan as soon as possible to our future Vicar.

I went to Sewell’s chambers and there began copying from the Exeter Statutes those parts which might suit our case. Presently Sewell came in, and told me that he had just been at Merton about their oak-fittings there; and had heard from Mr Hobhouse that, a very few years ago, a quantity of beautiful bosses, carved in oak and elm, which they had removed during the alterations in their Chapel, had been sold for 3 pence a piece to some man, who came from London for them. I cannot express how grieved and vexed we were. To think of such treasures having been almost within grasp, and hopelessly torn from it by a money-making creature, who cleared £10 by the transaction, – it is quite shocking.

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