THE VERGER IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.
[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."]
Snt,—The story you give in the Spectator as told by one of the speakers at the meeting of the Catholic Truth Society at Bristol, reminds me that the late Dean Stanley himself told me that a gentleman had called to tell him that he had been into the Abbey, and had knelt down to pray, when the verger bad come up to him and told him he must not kneel there.
On asking why not, the verger had said, "Why, air, if I was once to allow it, we should have them praying all over the place." I also once heard of a gentleman visiting a church, and asking the sexton whether people ever used it for private prayer, to which he replied, "I ketch'd two of 'era at it once."—I am, Sir, &Lc.,
WILLIAM WALSHAM WAKEFIELD.
Bishopgarth, Wakefield, September 16th, 1895.