Talks about the Laws We Live Under, Or, at Langley Night School
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII. CHURCH PATRONAGE. Albert.--Sir, you said we were to read the papers and make up our minds. There was a man left such a one at our house to-day. It says the Archbishops are fattening on the vitals and sucking the life-blood of the country, and the Bishops have ever so many livings, and my uncle told me I was to ask you what you said to that? Mr. L.--Say 1 Why, judging by his picture in Church Bells, if these vitals are so fattening, the Archbishop can't have a large share. Albert.--But what do you say in earnest, sir 1 Mr. L.--First I must know what this saying means. Did you say vitals or victuals, Albert 1 Albert (sulkily).--Vitals. Of course I know the word. Mr. L.--And what does it mean 1 Albert.--It means--oh! I know what it means very well. Mr. L.--Then pray tell us. Albert.--It means--well, something like the inwards of a pig. Mr. L.--Thank you, and what then are the vitals of the country 1 Albert.--Oh! of course every one knows. Mr. L.--I want to see if you know. Albert.--Why, George Morris, I won't stay here if I am to be laughed at. Mr. L.--Never mind, George. Your uncle asked what I said to this dreadful account of the Archbishops, and I wanted an explanation of it. Albert (mumbles out).--Only that they get lots of money. Mr. L.--I suppose that is about as near as the writer himself could come to the meaning, if we had him here. And he wants you to suppose that we are all the poorer and more miserable for it, and that it comes in some way out of our pockets. Albert.--And aren't the Bishops paid out of the taxes? Mr. L.--Not a farthing of them. Albert.--I thought there were tithes. Mr. L.--So there are, but the Bishops have no part in them. Albert.--They get their money out of the livings then? Mr. L.--No. They only give them to oth...
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