June 29th, 1848 (Thursday, Feast of St. Peter)

June 29, 2010

Mr Barker of Christ Church came out to dine, accompanied by a nephew of Archdeacon Manning’s, and a son of Dr Pusey’s. This poor boy is a sad cripple, and nearly stone deaf. He enjoyed his visit greatly, and was especially charmed with the organ, which he heard very well when played loud. The Sub-Warden was particularly kind to him, and I felt rejoiced to be able to show any attentions to the son of such a man. Mr Barker a charming person. This is the Exeter ‘Gaude’, so I suppose they are now in the mysteries of turbot, venison and champagne. Yet all good men want to be emancipated from these vanities: perhaps we may live to see the day when religious houses shall have religious ‘gaudes’ and the feasting shall be more in the Chapel than in the Hall.

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