|Transcripts of 3 letters from the Vicar of Ravensden, the Reverend Doctor Thomas Syer, to the Chairman of the School Managers, 1886.|
(The originals are at SD Ravensden 7/8 but they are scarcely legible on account of the poor handwriting of the Vicar).
My Dear Sir,
I should have thought that a Teacher with assistant would have sufficed for all practical purposes.
I have been suffering from my old enemy Eurepelay (?)
You appear to have a large staff of Masters for a small village.
Mr Popham has the sanction of an Episcopal Authority to look after the parish. He might not like my being there. I like to do what is right.
You may make any use of this letter. I should think the school expenditure might be reduced, as I have already said.
I thank you for a very kind and sensible letter.
The Rev. W. Popham MA Exeter College Oxford has under Episcopal authority the charge of the Parish with its internal arrangements ergo I have some delicacy in interfering.
I am at all times desirous of complying with any legal demand upon my purse, when connected with the Parish. I am a great loser by holding the living of Ravensden and have sought in vain to find a Gentleman with so much means to take it off my hands – It is very good of you to take an interest in a Parish where you are a territorial magnate and from which you derive a considerable revenue.
This letter is free for anyone. I sleep at the Club my best address.