May 10th, 1848 (Wednesday)

May 10, 2010

Came out to breakfast, the Revd. Mr Nugee and General Sewell. The former, one of Mr Bennett’s curates, a very sound, earnest, man, highly delighted with Radley. It is wonderful what a change has come over men’s minds about their obligations. He says that at St Paul’s. Knightsbridge, they take £700 and £800 a week at the offertory, and that on Easter-day the collection was £2400! There are numbers of people who do not know what to do with their money and are only anxious to devote it to a right use. Mr Nugee is a brother-in-law of Mr Latouche, who has sons at Stackallan. General Sewell has lately arrived from India, where he has been for 20 years. A very religious, tender-hearted, being. When he sat down to breakfast, and saw all the boys looking so gentlemanlike and happy, the tears came into his eyes, and he could not eat. He said he was never so affected in his life. Told me he had a son, whom he had intended settling in India, with bright prospects of advancement, but that lately the boy had mentioned to him that he would far prefer becoming a clergyman. The General was delighted, and having heard, through a Mrs Blackwell of Mells, determined to come and see Sewell, (to whom he is distantly related) about it. Was at two public schools himself, Eton and Westminster, and has a horror of them. ‘I want place,’ said he, ‘where they will care for my boy.’ ‘I only hope you will receive him.’ Monk had long been talking of what nice boys General Sewell’s sons were, and so I consented at once, which rejoiced the worthy gentleman greatly. I hear that the lad is a very clever, – peculiarly nice fellow, with a religious mind. At dinner the General apologised for his appetite, saying that at breakfast he was so overpowered that he could not eat.

After we had sat down the Revd. Messrs Horner of Mells, and Fane of Warminster came in, their first visit.1 The former has a fine fortune, and is developing the Church in every way in his parishes, which are his private property. Has established a sort of collegiate society in an old brick manor house, – chiefly to educate boys for the choral service of his church. Monk’s brother superintends the music of ‘St Andrew’s house,’ as it is called.2 Mr Fane, who seems a superior person, has thoughts of sending his son.

Sewell came over with Messrs Donkin and Sub-Warden of New College, &c. While I was talking to the General in the afternoon a fine trencher and bread knife arrived from London, no doubt sent by Mr Swale, who perceived the want when he was here. These little attentions are very gratifying.

Nugent Wade came last night. The correspondence alluded to has been progressing,3 but he thought it better, for the present, to omit all allusions to Sewell and myself or to our gifts. He has seen the Irish Primate, who consents to the rescinding of the Statutes which leaves the Visitor and Trustees the power to alter the laws independently of the College. Dr Elrington has resigned.4 So far so good. But on Nugent Wade asking me whether I could now support the College, I said I could not, – for that the fasting question remained just where it was.

Singleton continued this day’s entry with a discussion on the fasting question at St. Columba’s, which has been put in a seperate post.


1: Revd. John Stuart Hippisley Horner was a BA of Exeter College. He had been appointed stipendiary curate of Mells, near Frome in Somerset in 1835, and Rector of the parish later the same year. Revd. Frederick Adrian Scroop Fane was a BA of New Inn Hall, Oxford, appointed Curate of Aston Rowant, Stokenchurch chapel in 1834. Later Rector of Warminster. Both these men had close, neighbourhood ties with Edwin Monk’s family in Frome, and, through Exeter College, with William Sewell.

2: The similarity between the choral training of St Andrew’s house in Somerset and Monk’s work training the servitors of Radley as choristers is striking.

3: 22nd April, 1848, between Wade and Todd about Stackallan

4: Rev Dr C R Elrington, Regius Professor of Divinity in Dublin University, had been appointed a governor of St Columba’s following the death of Dean Jackson in 1841. Elrington was a close associate of the Primate of Ireland, which led the governors to appoint him official censor of books to be used in the future school. He was accepted reluctantly by the founding governors of St Columba’s who considered him ‘a little too Protestant for their liking.’ G.K. White History of St Columba’s College. 1981, p. 13

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