Leeds Times (09/Jul/1870) - The Incumbent of Honley and his Congregation

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The Incumbent of Honley and his Congregation

The "protest" of a number of the clergy in the rural deanery of Huddersfield against an objectionable and obnoxious resolution, relating to the incumbency of Honley, and emanating from a meeting of certain disaffected members of the congregation of St. Mary's Church, has provoked an apologetic reply, to which the name of Mr. A.H. Owen is appended. The reply, which may, or may not, be accepted as a sufficient redress of the wrong which the rev. incumbent feels himself to be smarting under, is couched in the annexed terms :— "The incumbent of Honley having expressed a wish for an inquiry, if 'any of his parishioners have any ground upon which to complain of his conduct,' as he states he is not aware of any, the resolution recommending them 'to withdraw all support' from Honley Church, 'so long as the present incumbent retains his office,' and requesting them 'not to subscribe in any way to any fund in connection with the above church,' and by this means show their 'disapprobation of his conduct,' and their 'opinion of his general unsuitability for the charge of so large and important a district as Honley,' is cheerfully and readily withdrawn."