A Cow at Night

A parson was not just tending his country flock; he also had land and animals to manage, a William Holland writes:

“Monday 26 May 1800 The cow being furious for a bull got out of the Churchyard and ran toward Mr Rich’s. Robert [his servant] went after her ad I too marched down stirs in my nightcap, took down the lantern and lit the candle in it and so like another Quixote sally’d forth in quest of her. After hollowing some time I heard Robert’s guff voice. Soon bounce comes the cow in the narrow lane near the Workhouse. I ran before and at last with some difficulty turned her and the yearling into the Churchyard as the most secure place for her on account of the walls. then we had to secure the lower gate which had not been properly fastened before, indeed the fence is altogether in a bad way.

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