Problems with Mr Robinson, who has suddenly departed for Ireland for a month. The parish urgently needs some respectable man to hold the living permanently.
Dec 1. 68
I write a line to ask you whether you intend to subscribe this
year to the C. & C. Club, as we must immediately have our annual
meeting.— I suppose that M
I hope that you will <illeg> [reflect] over the state of things in the Parish, & excuse me for frankly telling you the state of things.—
- f1 6486.f1CD was treasurer of the Down Coal and Clothing Club, which supplied parishioners with coal and clothes in exchange for regular savings. Innes had previously been treasurer of the club and retained a close interest in its affairs (see Correspondence vol. 4, letter to John Innes, [8 May 1848] and n. 2, and Moore 1985, pp. 468--9).
- f2 6486.f2John Warburton Robinson had recently become curate of Down (see letter to J. B. Innes, 2 September 1868 and n. 6). CD also refers to the Down National School for boys.
- f3 6486.f3Samuel James O'Hara Horsman, Robinson's predecessor as curate of Down, had collected money for the purchase of a new organ for the church (see letter to J. B. Innes, 15 June , and letter from J. B. Innes, 18 June ).
- f4 6486.f4CD recorded a contribution of 5s. for 1868 from Abraham Smith in his Down Coal and Clothing Club account book (Down House MS). This was half the amount Smith contributed in the previous and subsequent years. There was a Baptist chapel in Down (Post Office directory of the six home counties 1859--66).