Misbehaving Parsons

This is a real gem from Cecil Torr’s Small Talk at Wreyland. I have no idea what he is talking about:

“My grandfather did not always approve of everything his neighbours did, but he kept his comments for his letters to my father. Thus, on 13 august 1843, he writes:

“There was a party of parsons and doctors at ***’s at Gidley last week. They played at wrestling, and *** of Manaton was thrown with a broken arm in two places. High time to do something with these fellows. How can people go to church and sit under them.”

Indeed.

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