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Book:Some Lewes Men of Note. 2nd Ed. Revised:1911
Author: Holman, George
Year: 1911
Format: Book
Class no: 920.01, LEWES900
ISBN: P002296381
Book:Some Lewes Men of Note. 4th Ed:1927
Author: Holman, George
Year: 1927
Format: Book
Class no: 920.01, LEWES900
ISBN: E300066996
Publication Year: 1865
Media type: Other material
The Deanery
24 November, 1860
My dear Sir
Accept my grateful thanks for your considerate kindness in sending me a copy of Charma's Anselm. (Anselme, Notice Biographique, par M.A. Charma)
I am at the present time engaged on the Life of Lanfranc, having just completed a translation of such portions of his letters, with excerpts from his Elucidarium, as I think will be interesting. I shall be much obliged by the loan of Charma's Lanfranc. (A notice, Biographique Littéraire et Philosophique, by M. Charma)
Among the books which I have just been reading as illustration of the age in which I am now engaged is your translation of the Chronicle of Battle Abbey. (The Chronicle of Battel Abbey, from 1066 to 1176, published in 1851) We are deeply endebted to you for the trouble of translating so troublesome a book, and for the valuable notes you have appended
My first volume has been favorably received by the booksellers who on the first day subscribed for the whole of the first impression amounting to fifteen hundred copies. Mr. Bentley has ordered a thousand more to be printed, and I hope to be able next week, by sending you a copy, to exchange for your gold my brass
Should any thing bring you to Chichester, which I hope will be the case, I hope you will do me the honor of being my guest
I am My dear Sir
Your truly obliged
Perhaps you will permit me to consult you on any difficult points of history on which I may require assistance
29 November, 1860
Your book has come safely to hand. Many thanks
The first lecture is an abbreviated translation of Milo Crispinus whose statements require to be compared with the letters. The notes are some of them valuable. The second lecture will be useful to me: All the notes are of use, but most of them we have in Spelman
We are threatened with a law suit by a Mr. Braithwaite here who claims a kind of episcopal authority over the Dean and Chapter. (George Braithwaite, M.A., vicar of St. Peter the Great (Subdeanery), Chichester, 1851-1868.) He prosecutes us for burying the Duke of Richmond in our own Cathedral. (Charles, 5th Duke of Richmond, died 21 October 1860.) This action will open several questions of interest to an antiquarian. And it occurs to Sir George Shiffner (who desires his kind regards) and myself that it will be an immense advantage if we can secure your services to examine our various records before we place the case in our lawyer's hands. We have taken the liberty therefore of requesting our Chapter Clerk, Mr. Johnson, to call upon you tomorrow to know whether you have time and inclination to undertake the office and, of course, to settle the terms if your answer to our request is in the affirmative
Believe me to be, my dear Sir
Very truly yours
Mark Anthony Lower, Esq
5 December, 1860
If you come to Chichester on Saturday I shall be most happy to give you dinner and bed
I am living as a bachelor at present, all my family being dispersed, so that I shall not be able to make you as comfortable as I could wish
Please to send an answer by return of post that I may have your room ready
Yours truly
M. A. Lower, Esq
21 January 1861
Your valuable report arrived yesterday
It will be read in Chapter tomorrow. You seem to me to have done your work admirably
I write in haste
12 November 1861
I am very sensible of the honor of possessing a presentation copy of so valuable a book as your Patronymica. (Patronymica Britannica, a Dictionary of the Family Names of the United Kingdom (1860).) But I am almost ashamed of accepting it because I am afraid that you must have thought that I was begging for a copy when I spoke to you on the subject. I fully thought that you had written to me to become a subscriber, and that I had answered in the affirmative. I suspect that there is some one else publishing on the same subject and that I wrote to him by mistake
I thank you also very much for the information contained in your letter. The Duke of Cambridge names his children FitzGeorge
I have not occasion for anything but a passing note on the De Aquila - as Becket passed some of his early life at Pevensey
Believe me to be
M. T. [sic] Lower, Esq
The Palace, St. Asaph
28 September 1865
For the character of Mr. Mackenzie Walcot I refer you to Mr. Blaauw. (W.H. Blaauw, one of the founders of the Sussex Archaeological Society.) Before you form a compartnership with him you would do well to know your man
He has much miscellaneous archaeological information, but is very inaccurate. He it is who has preached controversy about the Cathedral tower to the annoyance of Mr. Scott and of the Duke of Richmond. He ought in common courtesy to have communicated with Mr. Scott before he appeared in print
By the old constitution of Chichester Cathedral, the Precentor, Treasurer and Chancellor had precedence next to the Dean. Gradually these offices became merely nominal, the Precentor did not direct the services, the Treasurer did not keep the plate, the Chancellor did not instruct the boys, and as they were not members of the Chapter they had nothing to do with the Cathedral
The Chapter has always had power in conjunction with the Visitor to legislate, and, in the case of Dr. Holland, it has enacted that the Precentor was not to have precedence of the Chapter. Mr. Mackenzie Walcot knows this and was appointed by the Bishop to the honorary office of Precenter on condition that he should submit to the act of the Chapter and the judgment of the Visitor
By the Cathedral Reform Act, these offices and prebends are rendered merely honorary. Mr. Mackenzie Walcot is only honorary Precentor. He has nothing to do with the choir, the singing men being engaged by the Chapter and being dismissable at a month's notice: he cannot order a pin to be changed in the Cathedral. He has his preaching turns, but this, I suspect, only by convenience of the Chapter. Under the Cathedral Act the Precentor's office being de facto abolished, the property has very properly been confiscated to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to endow parochial benefices. The Chantry which was the Precentor's residence was purchased from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners by the Chapter. They have let it to a Minor Canon. They declined to let it to Mr. Mackenzie Walcot being aware of the pretentions which he has absurdly set up
As to the Sub-dean: By Dr. Lushington's judgment he is the curate of the Dean and his position is not recognized by the Chapter. Mr. Mackenzie Walcot with an inaccuracy which is not, I hope, wilful, misrepresented the case. He ought to have seen, and I believe he has seen, the [?] instrument of Mr. Braithwaite's institution to St. Peter's the Great. It has no remote reference to the Subdeanery which under any circumstances it could not be the Bishop's to bestow. On Mr. Braithwaite's elevation to the mitre he expects the name of sub-dean will be abolished
Mr. Mackenzie Walcot is a grandiloquent as well as an inaccurate writer and has been severely castigated in the Saturday Review, but not by me. I do not think that the Sussex Archaeological Journal will gain much if he shall [sic] be appointed editor. He is, however, an amiable man and I am always glad to have him as my guest
Metaphysicians are so accustomed to defer to the judgment of Archbishop Whately and his Grace was a man so acute that I suppose that when he spoke of circulating a friend's book he did not intend to suppose that he would circulate the works of any one who should presume to send his productions to the Archbishop. Richard Whately (1787-1863), Archbishop of Dublin; see D.N.B
You ask me to give you a copy of my last two volumes of the Archbishops, and I shall be happy to do so. Although when they are purchased direct from the proprieter a deduction is made of fifteen per cent on ready money payment, yet as ready money is scarce with me during my travels and we do not receive our rents till November - if the cattle disease does not prevent our receiving them even then - I shall feel obliged by your ordering a copy of the volumes at your bookseller at Lewes and by your directing him to send the bill to me at Xmas. The proprietor charges high for the volumes, but he is put to great expense as I have to travel much to search for MSS. and he has to pay the transcribers I appoint
I am afraid that you will find that I differ from your estimate of St. Richard's character and from your general view of medieval history, and I certainly differ from you widely in your estimate of that sweet poet, William Cowper
I ought to add that Mr. Mackenzie Walcot has some interesting collections with reference to the worthies of Sussex
I am, dear Sir
Yours faithfully
With original cover addressed: M.A. Lower, Esq., St. Ann's House, Lewes
25 December 1865
As I informed you of the feeler which I addressed to a friend of our's about the Society of Antiquaries, I think it right to say that his answer is "Of that Society I seldom attend the meetings and merely know Mr. Watson in his capacity of Secretary"
A couple of years ago, I knew that he frequently attended the meetings
With reference to our Cathedral, you will find our present Constitution given in the Report of the Cathedral Commission on which I had the honor of serving under Lord Aberdeen's ministry, long before I ever thought of being connected with Chichester
Mr. Walcott ought not to have stated that any pretensions of his are acknowledged by the Chapter. He was warned both by the Bishop and the Chapter on his appointment that it was only an honorary stall
The property was left to stalls to which duties were assigned, - as to the Prebend of Highleigh, our school master being Prebendary, and to the Prebend of Wittering, the Prebendary of which is our reader in theology. The property was taken from the Precentor because his stall was a sinecure - the duties formerly attached to which had become obsolete. On the motion of the late Bishop Denison, it was left as an honorary post. (Edward Denison the elder (1801-1854), Bishop of Salisbury; see D.N.B.)
It may be useful to you to know this fact. The Chapter are not likely to trouble themselves with the business
It is a remarkable fact that every election of this Chapter for the last thirty years has been a unanimous one; and during the whole of that time, there never has been a division recorded on any one subject. There has never been any misunderstanding. It is not of many corporations that this can be said
If you should be able to obtain a copy, I would advise you to read our President's address to the R[oyal] S[ociety] for this year. General Sabine (Edward Sabine (1788-1883); see D.N.B.) has given the most lucid account of the transactions of the last twelve months, and we really seem to be living in an age of miracles. I think you asked me who was the last literary person elected, and I stupidly did not recollect though I voted for him. It was no less a person than Tennyson. The year before it was the Dean of Westminster. Only one literary character, as distinguished from scientific, is elected in the year, so that the election of a literary man is now a great honor. The year before my election I think Milman Dean of St. Paul's was elected. There is no application: the Council simply select and recommend. Their recommendation is generally accepted
The address of the President of another Literary Society, the Royal Society of Literature is remarkable, as containing an eulogy of Cardinal Wiseman by the Bishop of St. Davids; like every thing proceeding for [recte from] Thirlwall it is most ably done. (This part of the letter is very carelessly and hurriedly written; the name is almost certainly Thirlwall. Connop Thirlwall, Bishop of St. David's, 1840-1874, was a distinguished scholar; see the account of him in D.N.B.) I am a member of the Society, though I do not style myself so in my publications
Do not answer this letter which is merely designed to convey information which I could not give in the [illegible word] of our last interview. My last two volumes had produced in October £500 and I suppose that some addition will be made at Xmas, so that Mr. Bentley might fairly permit me to give away a few copies, though he wishes to delay the second edition until the other two volumes appear
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