Writes about difficulties in which S. J. O. Horsman, curate at Down, has involved himself and others. Horsman has said he would resign. JBI offers to give up his interests in the living at Down.
Milton Brodie | Forres
You can imagine, better than I can explain, how much I am grieved at the difficulties Horsman has got himself and others into. It is not often the case that I take a strong dislike to a man at first sight, as I did to him, and it was with no small reluctance that I gave way to the universal judgment in his favour last August, and allowed him to stay. At that time he had not been licensed, and I could have got rid of him at once; but it was necessary he should be licensed if he remained, and he was so. After that I have no power over him, but by the process of reporting any failure of duty to the Archbishop, and requesting him to withdraw the licence.
The last I heard from him was from 1 Elm Court Temple, to
say he was on his way to Downe; would write himself to the
Archbishop and resign; (I had told him I should report him
to his Grace) and requesting me to pay a quarter's stipend
I understand he has not gone to Downe, and I have not
paid. I understand he has not paid the Sunday School
teachers since Nov
Can some of your family: Miss Darwin, whom I consider my
Minister of Education, (non political) or M
Then as to the future; for present emergency I have
written to the Churchwardens and to M
But the hope has vanished, and I am too old to begin to build a house in a field and plant trees I can never see grow. I hope the Parish will be better with a younger man—
I mentioned to you and to Sir John my probable intention of disposing of my patronage; and I have instructed my agent to offer it to Sir John & you before any one else, in case you should have any friend you may wish to put in.
With kind regards to your party Believe me | Faithfully Yours | J Brodie Innes
I fear the fierce blackbird of 1866 has fallen a victim to her courage as I have not seen her since. By this time she should have had grandchildren who would have made considerable progress towards being eagles. Bill and claws at any rate should have been developed
- f1 6241.f1Innes, who was vicar of Down, refers to Samuel James O'Hara Horsman, his curate, who had been absent from his post for some time and was planning to resign it after allegations of financial irregularity (see letter from S. J. O'H. Horsman, 2 June ).
- f2 6241.f2In his letter of 1 September  (Correspondence vol. 15), Innes had written, `I hope Horsman will stay quietly, at least for the year he has promised: and that you will continue to like him—'.
- f3 6241.f3The archbishop of Canterbury, Charles Thomas Longley.
- f4 6241.f4See also letter from S. J. O'H. Horsman, 2 June . Seventy-five Cornhill, London, was the address of the Metropolitan Bank.
- f5 6241.f5That is, the National School for boys (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1866).
- f6 6241.f6Thirty-two Sackville Street, London, was the address of the clerical agent William Humphries. Humphries has not been further identified. The Gentleman's Magazine, July 1824, p. 10, noted the creation of the new employment of clerical agent as an intermediary in the sale of benefices.
- f7 6241.f7Innes refers to Henrietta Emma Darwin and Emma Darwin.
- f8 6241.f8Mr Jones has not been identified.
- f9 6241.f9Innes continued as vicar of Down until 1869 (Clergy list). On Innes's career, and his difficulties in finding a suitable house in Down for himself or his replacement, see Moore 1985, pp. 468--9.
- f10 6241.f10Innes refers to John Lubbock. Innes had bought the advowson of Down (that is, the right to appoint the clergyman) in about 1860 (Moore 1985, p. 469).
- f11 6241.f11No letter has been found from Innes referring to a blackbird.
- f12 6241.f12CD's annotations are notes for his letter to Innes of 15 June .