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Was this the most unkind man ever to have lived in Quorn?

Leicester Mercury - 8th November 1840

Clerical Oppression
On Monday last the Rev. R Stammers was sent for to the house of Mr C Moor, a respectable butcher in Quorndon, to baptize his daughter, a child about four years of age; he accordingly attended, but finding that the child had not long to live, he refused to perform the ceremony. In the course of the day the child died, and the conscientious divine refused to bury it according to the ritual of the church; the curate, the Rev Mr Slight, was then applied to, and he ultimately undertook to perform the service, and the bell was consequently permitted to be rung; a very short time, however, prior to the hour fixed for the funeral the curate seut (sic) to decline officiating, influenced no doubt by his superior. An application was then made to the Rev Mr Pruen, of Mountsorrel, who, possessing a more enlightened and Christian spirit, promptly acceded to the request of the bereaved father and consigned his child to the grave with "Christian burial".

(see also Artefact 381- "Suffer the little children" where the Rev Stammers again refuses to bury a child in 1873)

 Submitted on: 2009-10-29
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 546
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