PP/GC/LE/71 Letter from Sir G.C.Lewis to Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, concerning newspaper accounts of the number of church offices held by his brother, G. F. Lewis, 5 August 1856
Letter from Sir George Cornewall Lewis, second Baronet, [Chancellor of the Exchequer], Kent House, [Knightsbridge, London], to Henry John Temple: some newspapers carry a paragraph referring to Lewis's brother "as a pluralist of the first magnitude". He thinks it right to explain the matter. The paragraph states that Revd Lewis is a prebendary of Hereford, a rural dean, and a rector of two parishes. "It is true that he has a prebend of Hereford, but it is an honorary prebend, from which no sort of endowment arises, and I believe the duty consists in preaching an annual sermon in the Cathedral. The appointment is vested in the bishop, and my brother would be quite ready to resign it at any time the bishop might desire. He is also a rural dean, but this also is an unpaid office, entailing some trouble and probably some little expense. He accepted it at the request of the late Bishop of Hereford. He likewise holds two small livings, but he has already resigned one of these, or is about to resign it, and he will retain one living which is, I believe, not worth 30 pounds a year. If therefore canonries are to be retained at all, it must, I think, be admitted that his offence is reduced to a minimum." 5 Aug 1856
Two papers
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Revd Gilbert Frankland Lewis
Newspapers and the press
Church livings; pluralism
Thomas Musgrave, Archbishop of York, formerly Bishop of Hereford
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