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Rectory errors

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31 May 2013

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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 "18th-century".)

Finally, Haworth was never in North Yorkshire; in the Brontës' day it was in the West Riding, and is today resolutely in West Yorkshire.

ROY SHAW
32 Westfield Road, Tockwith
York YO26 7PY

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