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THE COLLEGE,

MARLBOROUGH,

5th Dec., 1884. MY LORD-I write to acknowledge the receipt of your letter about the Marlborough Mission, and to thank you most heartily in the name of Marlburians, past and present, for the kindly interest you have always taken in our undertaking.

It is in very great measure to your untiring exertions that the sticcess, of which you speak, is due, and thereby you have conferred a favour, which can never be fully repaid, on all who take an interest in the Mission.

This is a critical moment in the history of the undertaking, so it gives us the greatest pleasure to be able to insert a letter like yours in our columns.

I remain,
My Lord,
Your obedient servant,

A. F. B. WILLIAMS.
The Right Rev. the Bishop of Bedford.”

THE MARLBOROUGH MISSION.

BY THE O.M. CURATE-IN-CHARGE. What I am about to write is intended not so much for the present Marlburians, who year by year have given me so friendly a hearing and so warm a greeting in the Bradleian when I have described the Mission; to them most of what I now write is a twice or thrice told tale. I write rather to Old Marlburians, to whom I look for assistance in getting my tools for the work of the Mission, as I do to the School for my daily bread. There is, however, an addition which I would like to make to the holiday task of the School this Christmas, and that is that they would send this appeal to some 0.M. whose address I do not possess, or better still, would place it beneath the parental eye on their return home for the Christmas holidays.

When I last described the Mission in these pages two years ago, I dwelt on the great importance of a second Clergyman taking part in the Mission. A month after, during a serious illness, I received a generous offer from

my

friend, the Rev. P. Watson, then at S. Peter's, Eaton Square, to help me for a year without salary. A few weeks later the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, moved by the kindly recommendation of the Bishop of Bedford, and the Vicar of Tottenham, granted £120 per annum for an

Assistant Curate in the Mission district. Thus, when Mr. Watson's year, to the general regret, was at an end, I was able to get an 0.M. to join me in the work--the Rev. E. S Marshall, formerly head of Mr. Gilmore's house, and Scholar of B.N.C., Oxford. His aid and help have been greatly valued by me, and I hope that the Marlborough Mission Curate will always be able to enlist an Old Marlburian for his assistant. Had I remained single-handed, I should not have been able to retain so heavy a work.

Our present plant is as follows:(1) We hire the Hall of the Local Board Schools,

for Sundays only, at a rent of £60 a year. This

can be used only for Sunday Services. (2) We hire the adjoining Board Schools as Sunday

Schools at £20 a year. (3) We hire for every-day use a Mission Room at

Reform Row (near Bruce Grove Station), at £40 a year (of which the owners, who are the only large employers of labour in the district, very kindly abate half). This room is our only work. shop for week-day use, and we use it also for

additional Sunday Schools and Services. (4) A small house is now being taken for a Club for

Factory Girls. (Thus we have to provide nearly

£150 a year for rent). (5) At length, after long legal delays, about title,

&c., we have secured a site for the Church and Vicarage in a convenient locality. It may be possible perhaps to find space for a Mission house upon the spot, but while we can continue to hire our present buildings, the Church is by far the most needful object.

PAST AND PRESENT WORK OF THE Mission.—The congregations are remarkably good considering the neighbourhood, and are very reverent and hearty. On a Sunday morning I should calculate that there were 200 adults and 350 children (including those at the children's services); on Sunday afternoons over 400 children; in the evening the Hall is fairly filled with adults. There have been 350 baptisms, including 25 adults; and in two years 108 have been confirmed, including 24 men and 17 married women. The following table will show the growth of the number of communicants:

1881-2. 1882-3. 1883-4. Christmas Day ...

60 98 Easter Day ......... .24 92 138 Whitsun Day

42 125 166

nor has

Week-day services are naturally ill-attended in a expedients, can have from me on application our place like this; yet special services, such as those annual report and other papers. held in Lent, or those for Factory-people during PERSONAL HELP FROM OLD MARLBURIANS.-The distance their dinner-hour, or for Board School children on of the district assigned to Marlborough from the week-day evenings, have gathered a very fair atten heart and West end of London-to say nothing of dance.

Marlborough - makes it difficult for us to receive Our Provident Work is growing, although the much personal help from the Masters, School, or Old Mothers' Meeting is not very large. Over 70 tons Marlburians, such as the Clifton and Winchester of coal were bought through our Coal Club, by small Missions receive week by week,

any

0.M. as weekly deposits and an added bonus this year. A yet taken a house or lodgings here to devote his Blanket Club has also been greatly used.

My brother, R. Bosworth-Smith, for lecturing, and J. W. Cripps for teaching history to a few working

H. B. Lawford, W. H. Lipscomb, W. F. Blandford,

Rev. W. M. Furneaux, for his great services as

indeed a loss not only to Marlborough College, but

spare time to the poor, as is the case in the Harrow excellent Mission woman, whose stipend is paid for

Mission at Notting Hill: yet there are enterprising us by the East London Church Fund, collects O.M.'s who have survived the 25 minutes' journey at the houses for these Clubs and for the Clothing

from Liverpool-Street to Bruce Grove Station, and Club about £3 weekly, most of which would other have earned our gratitude by their assistance. And wise be wasted. Our two Penny Banks have nearly we are specially grateful for the help and services 400 depositors. These aids to thrift form part of

which the only 0.M. resident in the neighbourhood, our Temperance Society's Work. Our branch of the the Rev. W. Almack, Head Master of Bruce Castle C.E.T.S. has 200 abstaining members and a Band of School, has so heartily rendered as the zealous Hope, and provides a special service, lecture or Treasurer of the Building Fund, and formerly its concert once a fortnight, when the Mission room is Secretary, and as a preacher and adviser from time crowded. We have over 80 Church Workers and to time. Besides bim and my valued 0.M. colleague, try to find work for everybody, from our valued Lay the Rev. E. S. Marshall, let me thank in the name reader down to working men who keep quiet and

of the Mission :order outside the Mission hall, and it is to these The Master, for his visits to preach and mix with faithful and zealous lay-helpers that I consider the our people, and his invariable sympathy and interest, progress of the Mission is due, under God.

The Bursar, for contriving a delightful excursion Our people give very liberally in offertories and sub of our workers to the College and the Forest in scriptions and collecting cards, both for the Church

July, 1883. and the current expenses of the Mission. This last, of S. T. Fisher, for his generous and skilful managecourse, they have to do, for Marlborough merely

ment of our legal difficulties in acquiring a site. undertakes to provide £150 per annum towards the

Rev. E. C. Coney, for often supplying my place Mission Curate's stipend (the East London Church

when laid aside from work. Fund adding £50). I have therefore to raise over Canon Duckworth, Prebendary Wace, and the £350 annually for rent, gas, coal, cleaning and other

Revs. W. D. Fenning, J. L. L. Dove, B. C. Stephenbills, and to keep from bankruptcy our charities and

son, C. Grant-Dalton, T. N. Hart-Smith, F. D. How, treats.

&c., for their sermons. The local contributions to the Church building

The Rev. W. E. Emmett and R. Leach, for Temfund now exceed £340 paid and £180 more promised.

perance addresses. One working man-a hatter-subscribes 5s. monthly, and 15 working-men and their wives do the same once a quarter, and a penny-a-week Association starts with the New Year. What the College is doing for us, then, is so far from pauperising us that it draws &c., for songs and entertainments. both from others and from ourselves a much larger outlay for the Mission and charitable work.

Secretary at Marlborough. The gain of Repton was Old Marlburians and others, desiring fuller information as to our ways and means and methods and

to the Mission.

men.

Tottenham, or to M. H. Gould, Esq., the College, Marlborough. Convalescent and hospital letters, grapes for the sick poor, clothes, boots, books, and pictures should be sent to me, at 14, Stanley Villas, Tottenham.

our

To the Editor of the Marlburian. Dec. 9TH, 1884.

BRUCE CASTLE,

TOTTENHAM. Dear Sir,-A statement of the position of the Building Fund of the Marlborough Mission at Tottenham may interest some of your readers, and while it produces a fairly satisfactory total to start with, it may also stimulate further energy and liberality by showing how much more must be raised to carry out the undertaking in a manner adequate to the wants of the district, and worthy of the name of Marlborough.

I remain,
Yours faithfully,
WILLIAM ALMACK,

Joint Treasurer, &c.

M. H. Gould for similar services as Secretary at the College, Rev. W. H. Payne-Smith for work at Oxford, and G. H. Westcott for services at Cambridge.

Rev. C. E. Thorpe, E. Charley, and many others for parcels of clothes and books.

Lord C. Bruce, M.P., for presiding at temperance anniversary, and for a donation to the Sunday Schools.

The Old Marlburians, now nearly 400 in number, who have contributed to the Site and Building Fund.

I conclude by stating what we ask 0. M's to help us do. Our past progress makes it important to begin without further delay a Church to hold 700 people at least. This could hardly cost less than £6000, towards which £1100 only is in hand and promised as yet. Next, but not before, we ought to have a Mission Hall, with recreation rooms for Workmen's Clubs, partly in order to relieve ourselves of our present rent for Sunday Schools, &c., and partly that we may have “Fixity of Tenure" assured to us. Will Marlburians and other friends of the College then make up £2000 towards the Church, the patronage of which it is proposed to vest in the Bishop ? The other two-thirds of the cost of the church would be raised by the congregation, by gifts from Societies and from our neighbours, and by other appeals to those who have at heart the extension of Christ's Church. I feel quite sure from my experiences hitherto that our district, containing as it does 6000 poor of—for London-average means and poverty, of average intelligence and ignorance, of average goodness and want of principle, but of unusual spiritual moral and intellectual destitution even for London, will help to build the Church, that they will fill it and value it, and that it will be the centre of many a humanising and civilizing effort.

EDWARD F. NOEL SMITH. P.S.-The Building Committee consists of the Bishop of Bedford, the Master of the College, the Curate in charge, two Old Marlburians (the Rev. E. C. Coney and S. T. Fisher, Esq.) and the two Church. wardens, as representing the congregation (Mr. A. Short and Mr. W. H. Cook).

The Treasurers are the Rev. W. Almack, and G. Gripper, Esq., Chairman of the Tottenham SchoolBoard.

All cheques and other gifts to the Building Fund should be sent to the Rev. W. Almack, Bruce Castle,

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MARLBOROUGH CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MISSION

BUILDING FUND. A first list was published with the Marlburian for December, 1882, and included the following:

£ The Master (in 4 years)

100 W. M. Clay, Esq.

52 2 J. B. Gilmore, Esq.

50 S. T. Fisher, Esq.

50 R. Few, Esq.

50 F. E. Thompson, Esq. (in 3 years) 30 Rev. J. S. Thomas (in 3 years)

30 C. A. Woodhouse, Esq.

25 Rev. H. Almack, D.D.

25 Rev. W. Almack

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21 Rev. Canon Duckworth

20 Alfred Robinson, Esq.

20 H. W. Beloe, Esq.

20 Also an offertory at St. Margaret's, Westminster, per Canon Farrar, £63 17s., and contributions from 195 other O.M.'s, amounting to about £500 in donations and annual subscriptions, or about £1050 in all, of which nearly £900 has been paid. Fresh contributions will be received by the Treasurer, Rev. W. Almack, Bruce Castle, Tottenham ; or M. H. Gould, Esq., The College, Marlborough.

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d. Cripps, J. W., Esq. 1 1 0 Don. Crawley-Boevey,Rev.R.L. 1 i 0 Subs. 1883.

1 1 0 1884. Carles, "C. W., Esq.,

and Boys at Cothill 7 4 10 House Sohool

5 2 6 Cambridge, O.M.'s at 9 0 0 Coplestone, F. S., Esq. 1 1 0 Subs. 1883. Churchill, Rev. C. J. S. 2 2 0 Subs. 1883.

1884.
Croome, Rev. ü. M. ... 1 0 0
Curtler, L. M., Esq. 1 1 0 Subs.
Curtler, W. T., Esq. 0 10 6
Chatfield, Major
Dove, Rev. J. L. L. 3 3 0 Don.

2 2 0
D'Urban, W. H. M., Esq. o 10 0 Subs.
Deane, R. W., Esq. 1 0 0
Deane, Rev. R. Wallace 2 2 0
Dury, Rev. T.

0 10 0 DeLisle, Rev. G. W. 1 1 0 Subs. 1884. Ely, Rev. E. A....

2 0 0 Don. Emra, Rev. W. H. A. 1 1 0 Don.

1 1 0 Subs. 1883. Edwards, Capt. E."G. 1 0 0

i 0 0 Subs. 1884. Ewart, J., Esq.... 1 1 0 1883. Forrester, Rev. R. B. ... 1 1 O Subs. 1883.

1 1 0

1884. Furneaux,"Rev. W” M... 5 ō 2nd Don. Flavell, F. G. Esq.

1 0 0 Furlonger, H., Esq. 2 2 0 Foss, E. W., Esq.

2 2 0 Foss, C. J., Esq.

1 1 0 Fenning, Rev. W. D. 2 0 0 Subs. 1883.

2 0 0

1884. Foʻ, J. Elliot, Esq? 1 1 0

1883. Freeman, J. F., Esq. 1 1 0

1883. Fowler, W. W. Esq. 1 1 0

1884. Godley, J. C., Esq. 0 10 0 Gilbanks, E., Esq.

1 1 0 Don.

1 1 0 Subs. Hoblyn, C. D., Esq. 5 0 0 Howard, A. F., Esq. 1 1 0 Subs. 1883. Hunter, Rev. A. G. 1 1 0 Hornby, Rev. W. B. 1.4 1 Harbord, Rev. H.

5 0 0 Hoare, Rev. A. F.

1 0 0 Subs. 1883.

1 0 0 1884. Hawkins, C., Esq.

SECOND LIST of Marlborough contributions from upwards of 120 O.M.'s, &c. Awdrey, R., Esq.

1 1 0 Almack, Rev. A. C. 1 1 0 Subs. 1883.

1 0 0

1884. Almack, E., Esq. 1 1 0 1883.

1 1 0 1884, Blakiston, Rev. R. L. ... 1 1 0

1 1 0 Don. Blakiston, Rev”'R. M. ... 1 1 0 Subs. 1883.

1 1 0 1884. Bell, Rev. H.

1 0 0 1883. Brackenbury,M.J.F.,Esq. 2 2 0 Don. Blosse, Rev. W. L.

1 1 0 Buller, F. G., Esq.

0 10 0 Brown, Rev. R. G. 1 1 0 Borrodaile, C., Esq. 5 0 0 Bradford, H, W., Esq.... 2 2 0 Subs. 1883.

2 2 0

1884. Brinton, H., Esą. 10 0 0 Bullock, H. E., Esq., 20 0 0 Bartholomew, A. C., Esq. 1 1 0 Subs. 1883.

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1883.

1 0 0 1884. Hesketh, R. L., Esq. 1 1 0

1883. Hesketh, Rev. P. L. 1 1 0

1883. 1 1 0

1884. Head, Mr. Vincent 1 0 0 Ilbert. O., Esq....

1 1 0 Leader, Mr. F. J.

1 1 0 Subs. 1884. J.

0 10 0 1883. 0 10 0 1884.

1 1 0

1884. Batley, J., Esq....

1 1 0 Bradley, Mrs.

0 10 0 Subs. 1884. Clark, S. H., Esq.

1 0 0 Capel, H. M., Esq. 1 1 0 Subs. 1883.

1 1 0 1884. Clerks in Bank of

" England, per A. P. 3 6 0

Wood, Esq. Carr, Rev. C. R.

5 0 0 Carr, J. C., Esq.

5 0 0

2 2 0 Subs. Clarke, R. G., Esq. 5 0 0 Compton, Rev. D. G. 1 1 0 Charley, E., Esq.

1 0 0 Cornish, Rev. J. F. 5 0 0 Collett, M. B. (the late) 0 10 0 Churchill, Rev. W. H.,

and Boys at Saint 12 0 0 David's, Reigate

15 0 0

8 14 0 10 0 0

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£ 8. d. Woollcombe, C. B., Esq. 1 1 0 1883. Walford, Dr. W. G. 1 1 0 Subs. Waller, S., Esq.

2 0 0 Way, W. H. B., Esq. 1 0 0 Wood, R. S., Esq.

0 10 6

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£ 8. d. Llewellyn, J., Esq. 2 2 0 Laxton, W. H. S., Esq. 3 0 0 Lawrence, H. C, Esq.... 10 0 Lawson, G., Esq.

1 0 0 Subs. 1883. Lomax, Rev. H. J. 1 1 0

1883. Lloyd, E. W.M , Esq.,

and Boys at Hert 14 17 10 ford House School

5 17 5 Mayne, Col. Ashton 1 1 0 Subs, 1883.

1 1 0 1884. Mills, G. K., Esq.

1 1 0 Madan, A. C., Esq. 1 1 0 Martin, A., Esq.

2 2 0
Mayhew, C. H, Esq. 0 5 0
McGeachy, F. A., Esq... 5 5 0
Marlborough,

Saint
Peter's, per Canon 3 10 0

Houghton
Monington, Rev. T. P.. 0 10 0 Subs. 1884.
Norris, Lieut. S. L. 1 0 0

1883. 1 0 0

1884. Norton, F. C., Esq. 2 0 0 Don. Norton, H. O., Esq. 2 2 0 Subs. N.D., a lover of Marl. )

0 10 0 1883. borough

0 10 0 1684. *Offertory at St. Mar

garet's, Westminster, 31 15 0 per

Archdeacon

RECENT SUPPLEMENTARY UBSCRIPTIONS FROM

MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE
AND THE TOWN OF MARLBOROUGH.

£ 8. d. Howel Gwyn, Esq.(Member of Council) 2000 H. Richardson, Esq. (additional) 5 0 0 R. Alford, Esq. (2nd don.)

50 0 Rev. P. E. Raynor

5 0 0 Rev. C. E. Thorpe

5 0 0 Rev. J. P. Way

5 0 0 W. H. Madden, Esq.

2 0 0 Rev. T. N. H. Smith, (2nd don.) 3 3 0 R. G. Durrant, Esq. ...

2 2 0 E. G. Ashwin, Esq.

2 2 0 W. H. Chappel, Esq....

2 2 0 R. P. Brown, Esq.

2 2 0 F. V. E. Brughera, Esq.

2 2 0 W. H. Macdonald, Esq.

3 3 0 L. E. Upcott, Esq.

5 0 0 H. B. Horner, Esq. ...

5 0 0 A. C. Champneys, Esq.

2 2 0 G. W. Rundall, Esq...

1 1 0 Rev. T. A. Preston

5 0 0 W. Mansell, Esq. (additional)

5 0 0 M. H. Gould, Esq.

5 0 0 M.

10 0 0 N.

5 0 0 Anonymous

5 0 0

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Palmer, H. A., Esq. 10 0 0
Papillon, Rev. T. .

5 0 0 Pinder, Rev. J. G.

2 0 0 Pedder, E., Esq.

1 0 0 Pryce, H. G., Esq. 0 10 0 Rogers, G. F., Esq. 0 10 0 Richardson, H., Esq. 1 1 0 Robinson, M. J., Esq. 2 2 0 Rogers, G. S., Esq. 1 1 0 Silver, Rev. E. ...

2 2 0 Stunt, W. C., Esq. 5 5 0 Subs.1883-4. Sharpe, A. C., Esq. 1 1 0 Sharpe, S. E., Esq. 1 1 0 Smith, Rev. E. T. Noel 10 00 Subs. 1883.

10 0 0 1884. Thurnan, W. D., Esq. ... 1 1 0 Tanner, Rev. G. T. 1 1 0 Vigne, F. H., Esq. 1 1 0 Vernon, Rev. T. W. 0 11 0 Voules, Rev. S. C. 1 1 0 Subs. 1883. Westminster, Dean of ... 5 0 0 Don.

1 1 0 Subs. 1883. 1 1 0

1884. Wickham, Rev. J. D. C. 2 2 0 2nd Don. Wickham, Rev. A. P. 1 1 0 3rd Subs. Wollaston, S. S., Esq.... 1 1 0 Subs. 1883.

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Occasional Notes. A match is arranged for to-day between our XV and another team of O.M.'s. May Fortune favour the brave more than she has hitherto.

In Cock House Ground, Ford's (Maltese Cross) defeated Way's (Crescent) by a goal and three tries to a goal and a try. In Cock House Lower Game Baker's (Fleur-de-Lys) have defeated Way's by 2 goals and 2 tries to nil.

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Archdeacon Farrar kindly promised an offertory in St.

Margaret's each year towards the Mission.

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