5 JUNE 1909, Page 18


Sin,—As I am responsible for having adopted a different attitude in connexion with a not dissimilar series of facts from those recounted by "E. M. L." in her letter and commented on by you in your article (May 22nd), I should like very briefly to state them. My churchwarden's daughter was engaged to be married to a member of the Congregational Church who was a student at their Missionary College, and who is now (with his wife) a missionary in New Guinea. He frequently came to church with his future wife and the other members of the family, and frequently presented himself with them for Communion at the parish altar. Neither on the first occasion nor on any other had I the faintest scruples about allowing him to communicate. I did indeed consult some clerical friends, whose opinions differed, but the majority were in favour of my action. I can imagine circumstances where the right action might have been different: As you say, Sir, there are instances of an intolerant and persecuting spirit among the opponents of the Church, and even a resort to Communion in the parish church might be undertaken in a spirit the contrary to devout and earnest. You, Sir, would equally object to such a spirit, and are only passionately eager to maintain that the "pure and Apostolic" branch of the Church which is the National Church of this country is the natural home of every spiritually minded Englishman who wishes to