Houghton, Christmas Eve, 1844.
Dear Sir, - In the Patriot of Friday last is a letter  signed "Quid Nunc,"
giving an account of a disturbance made in Houghton Church,  during the Morning
Service, on Sunday the 8th instant, and asking you, or some  of your
correspondents, to say whether the man that caused that  disturbance  was drunk, or
mad, or a hireling of certain persons, sent to  disturb the congregation and
annoy the clergyman.
    As the party most interested in  the matter, allow me to assure "Quid
Nunc" that his impression of what took  place is not quite correct. A man known
to be a Scotch drover, who had been  drinking in a neighbouring public house
the whole morning, entered the Church  about twelve o'clock and took a seat in
one of the pews. He sat still for  perhaps twenty minutes, and then rose and
began to mutter something, but too  unintelligibly for anyone to understand what
he said.
    I stopped and directed him to be  removed, but, without causing any
trouble, he quietly went out of his own  accord. That is all that happened, so that
"Quid Nunc" may rest assured that the  "certain persons" to whom he referred
had no more to do with the man's conduct  than I had.
    Allow me to take this  opportunity of thanking "Quid Nunc" for the
sympathy which he evidently feels  for me, and to request that he will not take any
further public notice of the  matters to which he alludes.
    I remain, dear, sir,  respectfully your's,
    John KITTON.