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Memoirs of the Rev. Samuel Parr
Ch XVIII. 1820-1824
Samuel Parr to William Roscoe, 11 November 1818

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“Now, dear sir, I shall so far confide in your most valuable and long-tried good-will towards me, as to state some particulars, in which I am much interested. You know that I am exceedingly intent upon the decoration of my village-church, and that I have expended upon it large sums of my own, and have sometimes troubled you and my other friends for contributions to it. Whatever share may be assigned to whim or singularity, in this solicitude for the ornaments of a place of worship, I shall without difficulty gain credit from a man of your discernment, when I tell you that my exertions have been accompanied by very favourable effects on the minds, and on the manners, and on the morals of my parishioners. They hear from me, not mystical or controversial, but plain, earnest, practical discourses. They hear them with greater pleasure, because the house of worship is endeared to them by the improvements I have made in it. In 1794, I put up a costly and beautiful painted window, of three compartments, at the east end of my church. They delighted me and my flock. They attracted the notice of neighbours and of strangers. They produced, for the artist, some lucrative employment, at Oxford and at other places. This window was, on the 11th of
this month, shattered to pieces by a violent hurricane. Never shall I enter into the church with a composed mind till the window is restored; and I have determined to restore it. I shall have, in one compartment, “the Transfiguration;” in the middle, “the Crucifixion;” and in the third, “the Ascension.”1 Without scrutinising the faith of men of taste, I am sure that they would have been charmed with the picture of the Crucifixion, which was lately destroyed. I hope that you will like the substitution of “the Transfiguration” and “the Ascension” for the two large figures of Peter and Paul. But I think it somehow unkind, and even heterodox, to turn the two apostolical worthies out of church; and, therefore, I shall put smaller figures of them into two windows. I have agreed to give 150l. for the eastern window, and 24l. for the two side windows; and I calculate the incidental expenses at 10l. or 12l. I feel very little difficulty in expressing my earnest hope that you will favour me with a contribution. Like other ecclesiastical zealots, I am a sturdy beggar in the cause of the church; and I hope that, in spite of all their heretical prejudices,
Mr. Martin, Mr. Shepherd, and Dr. Crompton, will, upon this occasion, make their peace with the hierarchy, and show their good-will to me, by contributing to the restoration of the window. If they should raise any objection, upon the score of doctrine or discipline; I must desire you to undertake the office of disputant, and to beat down their impious cavils. If you cannot convince, you may at least persuade; and per-

1 A different arrangement was afterwards made.

suasion will be satisfactory to me, as a true member of the priesthood, if it be accompanied with some pecuniary advantage to the mother-church. I am, &c.—

S. Parr.”