Excerpt from A Letter to His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the Present Wants of the Church
Let us look the evil in the face. We cannot conceal it, if we would. Enemies to the Church, for the sake of exposing its defects, - friends, to enlist the public sympa thies in favour of their several schemes of improvement, -economists, for the sake of building up some favourite theory with an array of figures and calculations, -have exhibited the principal facts till they have become familiar to us all. Let me give a few as a specimen of a hundred more, showing how completely inadequate is our existing machinery for the spiritual education of the people.
The population gathered within eight miles of St. Paul's, is computed at For the instruction of this vast multitude there are about 500 Clergymen, or one for 4500 souls. But the instances are not few in which and more are allotted to a single man as his ﬂock.
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