From the Revd Roy Shaw
Sir, - Deborah Alun-Jones's article (
Features, 3 May) did much to dispel arcadian views of rectory
life in times past, but it is to be hoped that her book from which
the piece was extracted is edited a little more fastidiously than
the article itself.
Francis Kilvert lived wholly in the 19th century, and there is a
case for considering Sydney Smith as 19th- century, too; his first
book was published in 1800, and he did not edit The Edinburgh
Review until 1802. (Both Kilvert and Smith are referred to as
Finally, Haworth was never in North Yorkshire; in the Brontës'
day it was in the West Riding, and is today resolutely in West
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