The Times, Friday, Jan 14, 1887; pg. 7; Issue 31969; col C


                        The CASE of the LATE VICAR of HAILE.
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                              TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.

Sir, - As one of the Commission appointed by the Bishop of Carlisle to try the late vicar of Haile, I quite hate being told by Canon TREVOR, or any one else, that because I am an ecclesiastic I am an obtuse jackass, for it virtually comes to this when we are gravely told that the Commission failed from the tendency of the ecclesiastical mind to abide by its own convictions in the teeth of the evidence demanded by law. Had Canon TREVOR been present and heard the case he would have known that the Commission failed from no such cause; and, further, he must remember that the Commission was composed, as, I take it, all such Commissions are, of laymen as well as clergymen, in equal numbers; and therefore his remark about the imbecility of the clerical mind insisting on a verdict in the teeth of the evidence - a remark which I cannot help saying I think very rude and insulting - is applicable also to our lay colleagues.

But, Sir, I do wish to protest most strongly against Canon TREVOR writing about a case of the details of which he comparatively knows nothing. It is quite impossible to enter into the facts of the case in your columns, and equally impossible to tell everything even in a private letter. I did write to Canon TREVOR privately a few weeks ago when his first letter appeared in the Guardian, and quite hoped that the verbum sap. would have sufficed. It appears, however, that the cacoethes scribendi cannot be got over by him.

Faithfully yours,
          HENRY BELL, R.D., Vicar of Muncaster.