THE CLERGY AND THE AGRICULTURAL LABOURERS:.
[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.")
SIR,—Having been a curate in Northamptonshire, and seen, something of the hardships of the poor, and of the admirable contentment and resignation with which they endure them, I do cordially agree with your desire that the clergy should give their- sympathy and support to the Agricultural Union. Many of them,. I feel sure, are prevented from doing so solely by the fear of losing their character of peacemakers, and their influence with- other classes of their flocks. Is not this one more proof of the need of a distinct missionary order of clergy, not to interfere with, but to supplement, the parochial organisation ? Such clergymen would not be hindered by other connections from. throwing themselves, heart and soul, into the cause of the poor.
Meanwhile, may I suggest that a subscription list might be opened entirely for such clergymen as sympathise with the Union ; perhaps even a society might be formed to assist the work in other ways. I trust at the approaching Church Congress the voice of Mr. Llewelyn Davies will be heard upon this question, Hoping you will find room for these few lines, I remain, Sir, &c.,.
A TORY PARSON.