Excerpt from The Church of England Pulpit, and Ecclesiastical Review, Vol. 29: January to June, 1890
This evening we will confine our thoughts to London, and in London these problems face us in their worst virulence. Already the hugest city by far that the world has ever seen, so that its daily supply of provisions is itself like a standing miracle, it is becoming more and more unwieldy by the yearly addiiion of at least seventy thousand to its population. In its area, now only swept by a ra dins Of fifteen miles, it congregates nearly'as' many inhabitants as the whole of Ireland; it has in it more 'jews than Palestine, more Roman Catholics than Rome, more Irishmen than Belfast, more Scotchmen than Aberdeen, more Welshmen than Cardiff. It has seven thousand miles of streets, and adds yearly to its vast extent many miles of new streets.' Every day some two hundred and forty souls are added to its population; every few minutes a human being is born into the world in this city; every six minutesa human being dies in this city. Since we met in this Cathedral, at least ten immortal souls in this city have sighed their last sigh on earth, and have ﬂickered for ever from this region of shadows and illusions to yonder world where all is judged of truly.
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