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on her arrival." The clergymen also, domestic and farming pursuits, good temstrange to sảy, are very numerous; not pered, and likes children. Height 5 ft. 4 in., only curates, as one would imagine, but weight 8 stone, would like an educated (fairly), rectors, “ with good living and ample domesticated, kind wife, good manager, Prot. means." These, however, are not so estant, with some property. Would like to plentiful as the unbeneficed.
hear from Nos. 6731, 6732, 6593, 658 5, 6692,
6686, 6682, 6679, 6593, 6649, 6651, 6725, 6502, 7038A Clergyman, aged 53, a bachelor, tall, 6553, 6507, 6436. Address with Editor.
dark, and well connected, with an income from property and profession of about
Protestant, with some property," is a L.200 a year, and the prospect of preferment, very pretty touch. Female advertisers, wishes to hear from a lady of suitable age, we conclude, are incapable of jealousy. with a view to marriage.
There is probably a "safety in numbers," it is probable by “suitable age” that which would certainly not exist in the this divine does not mean a lady of his case of names; else what must be the own age ; for, as a rule, it seems youth feelings of 6731 (for instance) on perceivhas the preference with “the cloth,” as
ing that this medical suitor would like it has with other professions. “A young to hear” from no less than fifteen young lady of good family under 30” is what is ladies beside herself! Of course, love wanted by more than one pastor ; though
at first sight is out of the question besome, indeed, add, calculated for tween anonymous advertisers; but surely clergyman's wife.” ' Nor is it only the the gilt must be very much rubbed of Church of England who make use of this the romance of courtship when it has to remarkable channel for supplying them- be carried on under these impersonal selves with a partner.
circumstances. On the other hand, this
practical and common-sense method of 6737 A Presbyterian clergyman of the Scotch disposing of matters of the heart seems
Church wishes to get married on or to have its own attractions, and especially before the ist of May, 1873, if possible; he is 40 to our Scotch friends : years of age, is active, energetic, and healthy, holds a large farm, and is fond of riding or driving a good horse; his income is L. I 20 per
aged 38, fair complexion, 6 feet, annum; he wishes to get married to a sensible, plain and simple in tastes and habits, of a intelligent, kind-hearted, good-looking lady, religious cast of mind, though by no means not more than 25 or 30 years of age, with a ascetic, income from L. 500 to L.600, wishes fortune of L.500 or L.1000, or having L. 50 per to correspond with an English county lady
He is reckoned good-looking, is 5 over 23, one with similar means preferred; feet 10 1-2 inches in height, and his female must be warm hearted and a loving disposi. friends all say that if he got married, he will tion, have head as well as hands in domestic make one of the kindest and best of husbands. affairs, and above all "piety” is indispensably This divine has evidently the “gude requisite. Editor has carte and address. conceit of himself” sometimes attributed We have calculated the expense of this to his fellow-countrymen ; but it is re- advertisement with accuracy, and have markable that none of his admiring come to the conclusion that the allusion “female friends" should have married
to "piety being indispensably requisite" him themselves. Why, in the name of is perfectly genuine, for it must have Hymen, should he be so particularly cost an extra shilling. desirous to wed before the ist of May! If his calling was not a sacred one, we ceeding, as they do, from every rank of
Interesting, as these offers are, proshould almost suspect him of having society, and each having about it some made a bet about it, and of taking this distinctive and characteristic sign, we will desperate means of winning the money. content ourselves with quoting one more This is the first gentleman, it will be ob- gentleman suitor, before proceeding to served, who has given any detailed ac- join the ladies,” who, as may be expected, count of his personal appearance - on which the ladies, as will presently be have, therefore, been reserved by us as a
are far more eloquent and gushing, and seen, place their chief reliance
bonne bouche. (though “fond of driving”) does even he offer to send his carte. No. 6896, how- 6738A Widower, 4.5.eas two niced boys and ever, condescends so far to particulars as even to mention his weight:
educated, still at school, and amply provided
for, independent of their father, who has, by 6896 A Surgeon, in practice, is desirous of his own industry, made a nice little indepen
in . is fair, 47 years of age, a bachelor, fond of Middle size, considered good-looking, and a
business man, would be glad to meet, with a for their own,” in order that a selection view to marriage, a sensible, kind, affection may be made. They are “ capital houseate, educated lady similarly situated as regards keepers,” but, curiously enough, never business or money something like equal to it. apply to themselves the term “ domestiAge not so much an object if under forty.
cated,” which is in very common use with We wonder whether the two nice boys,” their less experienced sisters. and especially the one girl (who does not appear to be so “nice " ), are aware that
ATE, an orphan, age 24, height 5 feet, 7022
KA their widowed father is adopting the ad- like habits, would make a very loving and
very domesticated, and of businessvertisement system, so useful in “ the affectionate wife, would like to hear from drapery line," as a means for once more 6758, 6808, 25th Jan. Carte and address with reassuming the Matrimonial noose! We Editor. take leave of him and them with our best wishes ; likewise of the “tradesman, “ Lena” would be glad to hear from no rather dark and tall, and with very warm less than twelle advertisers. “ True Afaffections," who wishes for “ an agreeable fection ” offers herself to any gentleman young lady-one with a little money pre- of respectability who will know how to ferable -- who is, like himself, confiding, value "a young and pretty wife.” Only and with a strong desire to exchange one out of these charmers confesses to hearts ;” and soar to more elevated re- being “not pretty,” and she is careful to gions.' Place aux dames, and let the pas add, but considered very ladylike, and be given, as is meet, to the only one who with fascinating manners. Most of them begins with a poetic quotation :
have “warm and loving hearts,” but “in
considerable fortunes." On the other Oh, woman, in our hours of ease, Uncertain, coy, and hard to please ;
hand, we have the daughter of a wealthy When pain or sickness rend the brow,
manufacturer, from whom she will receive I ministering angel thou.
a good fortune” (even if she marries by 6543 A Young widow, highly connected, dark advertisement ?); and “, a lady with L.200
a year in her own right ;” and another good figure, clever, and amusing, possessing a
who will have “ L.2000 at marriage, and small income, desires to marry. She does not L.7000 more to come.” It certainly seems deny that she might at times realize the two most extraordinary, that these eligible first lines of the couplet quoted above, but she young persons should take to advertising can assure any gentleman willing to make the in the M. N. for fear of “ withering on experiment that she is as certain to be true to the virgin thorn.” It is nevertheless notethe conclusion.
worthy, and adds to the air of genuineThis is rather a lively portrait of herself ness in this matter, that almost all these for a widow, the ladies who have been unmarried female advertisers, with money, already married drawing for the most part, are “about thirty years of age.” When a staid and matronly picture of their at- they confess to being about forty tractions. It is quite exceptional when they have never less than L.7000, and they describe themselves, as No 6838 generally “ look much younger.” In these does, “of a jolly disposition" – that ad- cases, they don't send their cartes; perjective being so favourite a one with the haps because they keep their carriages. young ladies, as almost to suggest its be- Besides the ordinary columns of this ing copyright. Widows have in general delightful print, there is a special space “private property,” “agreeable manners, set apart in it, for which five times the "education and accomplishments," and rate of advertisement is charged, for those sometimes “high connections ;” but they who give their private addresses, and who lay claim to no more glowing charms than are addressed under cover to the editor." are included in the term “ fine-looking.". Their tender effusions do not come under They put forth the negative advantage of his practical and uncongenial eye, but ap
no encumbrance” very prominently, peal directly to the beloved number. just as the widowers we observe describe This class includes some very high and themselves as “not fat.” They “feel | dignified personages of both sexes, to lonely," and possess warm and sympa- whom “money is not essential,” although thetic dispositions." Their ambition is they are good enough to add, “not, of satisfied with a mate of “suitable age,” coursc, a disqualification.” One of these and in many cases they mention that “a advertises herself as “an orphan lady widower would not be objected to.” aged forty," and is the only advertiser Some of them would be happy to receive throughout the paper who professes to "two or three cartes de visite in exchange I prefer " a widower with children.”
THE CREEDS OF LONDON.
Altogether, this weekly periodical, "de- clergyman for a time uncharged with voted to conjugal felicity," seems to us to duty," this divine has been attending the be a very remarkable production indeed. ministrations of all sorts of religious We were not aware of the part it played teachers and preachers, and taking notes in our social system, till we saw it stated of them for publication in the Daily Telin one of those American newspapers egraph — already reputed to keep a bishwhich know so very much more about us op of its very own. His instructions than we know about ourselves, that "in were to be “strictly descriptive, expressEngland the habit of contracting marriage ing no argument, pro or con;” and the by advertisement is growing more and result has been, for him," the softening more, so that besides numberless notices down of a good many prejudices in the to that effect in the ordinary prints, a course of my two or three years' reli- ' special periodical is published, which has gious peregrinations," and for us, this no other object than that of bringing man amazing volume. and wife to the altar.” 'The apothegm He begins his mission with what he that half the world does not know how the calls the Ultima Thule of religious Lorother half lives, may certainly be extended don—"probably as near the reputed to marriage, since to the majority of our North Pole, as possible” — namely, at readers, the very existence of the Matri- South Place Chapel, Finsbury, over which monial News will probably be news in- presides, perhaps, the best advertised deed.
preacher in the inetropolis, Mr. Moncure D. Conway. We confess to having seen this gentleman's name a thousand times, without having the least idea as to the
religion he professed, or even the name of From Chambers' Journal. the sect over which he presided. There
were so many “lights,” and “vessels of It has been said by the poet,
grace,” and powerful convincers " ad
vertised for the ensuing day in the SatThere lives more Faith in honest Doubt,
urday newspapers, that it seemed as if Believe me, than in half the creeds;
curiosity would never be satisfied if it and the remark has given no little of- once set in that direction; and but for sence to those who plume themselves Dr. Maurice Davies, it is probable that upon their orthodoxy; but when the mat- we should never have become acquainted ter comes to be investigated, this state- with “almost the only - certainly the ment turns out to be, after all, a very chief -- Free Theistic Society in Lonmodest one. There has been an attempt don.” However, in his company, we have of late to inquire into, not “half the now formed one of the congregation. creeds," indeed, but at all events into Mr. Moncure Conway presides in the some forty or fifty of them,* as repre- chapel once occupied by the late W.J. sented by their pastors and congrega- Fox (M.P. for Oldham), whose mantle of tions in London ; and it certainly seems eloquence seems to have certainly fallen hard, after reading the evidence of the upon him. He is “a bearded and by no Special Commissioner appointed for this means clerical-looking gentleman," with purpose, that "honest Doubt” should be an American accent; but — wonderful to denied his share of what is spread so relate — he reads from manuscript, does broadcast over such widely different soil. not preach what a certain Mrs. Malaprop Imagine the variation of arable between by design, once termed extrumpery. Of “the field of usefulness” in which Mr. "service," properly so called, there is none Bradlaugh "dispenses his novel doc- - nothing but preaching and singing. trines of Anti-theism” and that in which The hymn-book is a very catholic one, Mr. Peebles “discourses of the spirit- ranging in its contents from the most world to the accompaniment of approving secular of poets to Keble ; but it is orthoraps presumably from Hades !" Yet no dox and restricted when compared with less is the acreage of unorthodoxy sur- what the Church of England would call veyed by the Rev. Maurice Davies, doc- " the lessons of the day," which consisttor of divinity, and reported upon in the ed, first, of the forty-fourth chapter of pages before us. Being that "not singu- thé apocryphal book' of Ecclesiasticus ; bar anomaly in the Church of England, a secondly, of an excerpt from one of Maz
zini's orations; and thirdly, of a poem by • Unorthodox London. By the Rev. c. Maurice Mr. Allingham, called The Touchstone. Davies, D.D.
Then the minister expatiated “upon the
church built by Voltaire," and the spirit | P."shews considerable grasp of his subof scepticism, a word which he took pains ject, but his style is somewhat vituperato explain (for Mr. Conway is nothing if tive." The fact is, pur author was at he is not scholarly) is derived from skep- present new to his work, and not able to tein, " to shade the eye in order to see bear the very strong meat to which he more clearly.”
afterward got accustomed. Even of the Upon the whole, Mr. Conway seems to Sunday Lecture Society in St. George's be an iconolast, rather than a setter-up of Hall, he deems it necessary to say someany new idol (though of course he can't thing apologetic, and quotes the names help enthusiastic hearers making an idol of Dr. Carpenter, Professor Huxley, Proof him); and it is not surprising, having fessor Blackie, and Erasmus Wilson, as • so little of dogma to inculcate, that he being sufficient guarantees of the “procannot speak in very glowing terms of priety" of devoting some portion of Sunthe numerical strength of the Free The-day to Science, instead of religion speistic Society. “Two hundred people, al- cially so called ; for the people who go to ready convinced,” says he, “spend here listen to these eminent personages, he one hour and a half every week: for the has nothing but compliments. “ The aurest of the time this property does noth- dience was a very large and intelligent ing at all;." a phrase which, to the irrev- one, comprising many eminent scientific erent mind, might suggest that the chap- men, quite a fair quota of ladies, a sprioel was to let on week-days. However, kling of the rising generation, and altosince this “commission " was instituted,gether a collection of heads that would his little congregation has doubled in have delighted a phrenologist. . . Whatnumbers, and it is only fair to add that ever else we may be called, the English they form an attentive audience. “ As people must no longer be set down as a an evidence how keenly the speaker was race of unmitigated Sabbatarians." followed, it was quite curious to notice, Properly so termed, indeed, there are in contrast with the profound silence that but sixteen persons in the metropolis reigned while he spoke, the entr'acte of who are Sabbatarians, that being the excoughs, sniffs, and other incidental fid- act number of the Seventh-day Baptists gets in which his auditory engaged when (including their parson and clerk) who he came to a temporary stop; so much enjoin the observance of the Jewish Sabso, adds our Church of England divine, bath in the moral code of Christianity. It with perhaps an unconscious touch of was not without great difficulty that our satire, " that many listeners were tempted author discovered the abiding-place of to rise, thinking the proceedings were this extraordinary sect: their chapel lies over."
in Mill Yard in the district known as Our commissioner is too apt, perhaps Goodman's Fields; and their minister, by reason of his own vocation, to give us described in the Post-office Directory, as details of the preacher, when the main " antiquary and record agent,” had, as it interest really lies in the congregation; were, to be dug out. The account of in all cases the class of society that forms this proceeding is picturesque enough. each body of worshippers ought to have High gates, with a wicket, lay between been described, as being of far more sig- Nos. 14 and 16. I opened it, and straightnificance than the sermon; but in the way found myself at the door of the minpresent case it is obvious enough that ister's house ; a green churchyard was in the audience must have been in intelli- front of me, studded with gravestones, gence, and probably in social rank, far and filled with most unexpected trees, above the average.
To many persons bounded on one side by the quaintest of " the hearing some of our favourite dog- old school-houses; on another, by anmas torn to shreds,” must have been very tique cottages; and on a third, as an unpleasant, but the Rev. Maurice Davies, anti-climax, by the only symptom of the D.D. bore it like a man, and a special nineteenth century visible — the arches correspondent; so little hurt, indeed, of the Blackwall Railway. I seemed to was his moral nature by the shocks ad- leave the waking world behind, and pass ministered in Finsbury, that he seems to into the region of dreamland, as the wickhave adventured a visit the same after et closed. It reminded me forcibly of noon to the “Society of Independent scenes in Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop. Religious Reformers in Newman Street,” Nor was the effect removed when the presided over by Dr. Parfitt. Here, how- minister presented himself at my sumever, though he says little aboat it, his mons. A venerable scholar-like old man, feelings evidently suffered laceration. Dr.'arrayed in clerical black, and with a long white beard, received me most courteous-their share in the First Resurrection." ly, and begged me to wait in the vestry So eloquent and earnest was the preachuntil service-time, Here we engaged in er, that even he who came to "report conversation, and I found that this is the scems to have remained to pray. So far only place of worship for the particular all had gone well, when at 4.30 P.M. — the body in London ; there being, in fact, service having commenced at 3- there only one other in England. On the wall began another discourse, during which, was a tablet referring to a fire which had "I am sorry to say, most of the female occurred here in 1690, when the meeting- portion of the congregation (6) fell asleep, house was rebuilt. In this fire, the min- and the (5) children undisguisedly had a ister told me, a large and valuable collec-game among the hassocks." Well may tion of manuscripts of the Sacred Text our author say that this was among the had been lost - a loss be was doing his strangest of his experiences in unorthobest to retrieve by making another col- dox London. As to the peculiar tenets lection, Mr. Black also informed me of the sect, there was little said, only Mr. that the body of Seventh-day Baptists, Black insisted “Saturday is still the Sal)though so small in point of numbers in bath in common law. If parliament sat England, is largely represented in Amer- upon that day, its proceedings would be ica, where the University of Alfred be- noted .Sabbati. It is only in statute law longs to them, and two colleges. Their that Sunday is made the Sabbath.” So, journal is the Sabbath-day Recorder; a after all, the only true Sabbatarians are copy of which he presented to me. While the ancient Sabbath-keeping congregaengaged in conversation of this kind, the tion in Mill Yard, Goodman's Fields." hour for service drew on. I noticed that There is even a smaller sect in London Mr. Black bore with him, for use in the than this, namely, the disciples of Joanna pulpit, a Greek Harmony of the Gospels, Southcote, who could once be counted by with a Latin running commentary. I cer- the thousand, and included more than tainly had not been prepared for this. I one distinguished name. To discover expected to find some illiterate minister, them now, our author had “ to act upon with a hobby ridden to death ; when lo! information received," as though they beI found myself in the presence of a pro- longed to the criminal classes, and even found scholar and most courteous gentle. then, when he thought he had come upon man, who informed me that he thought their “ local habitation," it was only to in Latin, said his prayers in Hebrew, and find that “the Joannas," as they were read his New Testament lessons from disrespectfully termed by the unregenerthe original Greek.”
ate, had “moved on.” At last, he ran The particulars of the chapel-service them to earth at one Mr. Peacock's, a are interesting. The portion of the psalm cooper, in Trafalgar Street, Walworth, was given out under its Hebrew title who welcomed him civilly enough, and “Letter Vau ; " and the effect of the without the suspicion unhappily evinced preacher's Hebrew pronunciation of the towards our special commissioner by too proper names in the old Testament was many professors of these strange creeds. most curious. Long quotations were also - The saints,” he said, had been a good given in the sacred language, and quite a deal“ drove about” by the Walworth imlengthy discussion was introduced on the provements, which he seemed to considsubject of the “dimidiated Vau.” It er as a special machination of Satan, and seems incredible that a congregation at last had been compelled to take refuge “who didn't look learned” could have beneath his humble roof. The colloquy followed this, yet our author says their respecting the circumstances of this sect attention did not flag. To a stranger, and its tenets took place in a dark pashowever, such phrases as “Render to sage between the shop and back parlour, Kaisar the things that are Kaisar's," and with the head and shirt-sleeves of Mr. “Fetch me a denarius,” must have been Peacock protruding from the half-opened novelties sufficiently exciting.
“At length I heard a voice, which In the sermon there were noble pas- I fancied was a female one, suggesting sages, quite free from sectarian bias, and that I should be asked in; and with an breathing the widest charity; and it con- apology for the smallness of the gathercluded with the invocation of a blessing ing, and the humble character of the “on all honest and sincere persons of sanctum, Mr. Peacock owned the soft imwhatever nation or profession," and a peachment that a meeting was even now prayer that “all may be fitted for a no- going on, and, having opened the door, bler and purer state of society, and have and landed me a chair, lie returned to an