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" the discontinuance of the lectures during four months
" was Jefb to my discretion."

QiAesHon IL

*' Whether in consequence of local changes, increase
of population, or any other cause, a more beneficial
assignment of duties for the lecturer may in fature be
made?"

Anstifer,

Twenty years ago I ori^nated a movement for the
erection of a new church in Berwick, expecting to be
charged wil^ the duties thereof by the Mercers' Com-
pany, according to the conditions of my appointment.
After obtaining considerable promises of aid from the
inhabitants of Berwick and others, I wrote to the
Mercers' Company on the subject, who replied that
on consulting their lawyer they found they had no
legal power to convert the lectureship of Berwick into
an endowment for a new church. On this, seeing no

Srospect of raising funds both for the building and en-
owment of a new church, I ceased to exert myself in
the cause. About five years ago, however. Captain
Gordon, one of the present members of Parliament for
Berwick, having nobly offered 2,0002. for the building
a new church in the parish, the new church of St.
Mary has been completed, and is now in full operation
under an able pastor, endowed with 1001. a year by
the Dean and Chapter of Durham, who are also the
patrons of the old church. This endowment is sadly
insufficient, and I think it would be very beneficial if, at
the next avoidance of the lectureship, the tithes of Chol-
lerton and Barrasford could be assigned in perpetuity to
the incumbent of St. Mary's, Berwick, with an amicable
arrangement between the Mercers' Company and the
Dean and Chapter of Durham as to the patronage.

Qtiestion III,

'' What is the present net annual amount of the tithes
of ChoUerton and Barrasford ? "

Amwer.

The net annual amount of the tithes of ChoUerton
and Barrasford has been —

£ 8. d.

For A.D. 1864- - - 261 3 7

1855 - - - 265 11

1856- - - 271 6 4

1857- . - 299 7

1858- - - 329 4 5

1859- . - 351 9 8
1860 - - - 367 14 8

Witness my hand this 17th April 1861.
(Signed) Wm. Proctek,

Lecturer of Berwick.



CHARITY COMMISSION.



Ill re an Inquiry into the Charitable Endowments under
the management of the Mercers' Companv of the
City of London, as to whether any and what Im-
provements niay be made in the Management' or
Application thereof.

THE FISHBORNE LECTUEESHIP, BERWICK-
UPON-TWEED.

Thomas Hare, Esquire, Inspector of Charities, having,
in a letter dated the 9th April 1861, addressed to the
Reverend G. H. Hamilton, Berwick-upon-Tweed, stated
with reference to the above lectureship as follows : —

"It appears that the lecture is endowed with the
tithes of ChoUerton and Barra{«ford, in the county of



Northumberland, and that at the last i^pointment of a
lecturer the duties assigned to him were * to perform

* Divine service and preach in person in the church of
' Berwick-upon-Tweed in the forenoon of every Thurs-

* day, and that in the event of a new church or chapel

* being built in Berwick, the lecturer shall, if required
' by the Mercers' Company for tho greater benefic of

* the interests of the established religion, take upon

* himself the duty of the new church or chapel upon

* such conditions as the Company shall appoint or
' vacate the lectureship.'

" In order to ascertain the present operation of the
endowment and the possibility of any improvements,
either on the occasion of a v^vcaticy or otherwise, I

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shall be glad if jou will fayonr me witii an answer to
tbe fbllowing questions : —

" 1st. Wl]^ ecolesiastical duty is at present performed
by the Fishbome lecturer in the parish or town of
Berwick-upon-Tweed P

•'2nd. Whether in consequence of local changes,
increase of population, or any other cause, a more bene-
ficial assignment of duties for the lecturer may in future
bemadeP"

The Beverend George Hans Hamilton, vicar of Ber-
wick, has the honour, in reply to the inMiries thus put
to lum, to submit to the Charity Oommissioners,
through their inspector of charities, the annexed state-
ment of the whole present circumstances of the eccle-
siastical arrangements of the ancient parish of Berwick-
upon-Tweed, including the newly-created parish of
Saint Mary, and the duties at present performed by the
Fishbome lecturer ; and he would very earnestly urge
upon the Charity Oommissioners the great importance
01 their exercising their nowers in furtherance of the
objects which were eviaently contemplated by the
founder of the lectureship, and were kept m view hy the
Mercers* Company on the occasion of their last exer-
cising their patronage over it.

Mr. Hamilton has further the honour to submit the
draft of a scheme framed so as to carry out the arrange-
ments sumested in the annexed statement, and which
is founded on' a precedent furnished by an Order in
Council dated the 26th October 1860, proceeding on a
recommendation of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners
dated the 28th day of June of the same year, effecting
the union of the ofiBces of lecturer and incumbent of
the parish of Saint Nicholas or the city of Durham, and
he prays that the Charity Commissioners will recom-
mend the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England
to exercise their powers in co-operation with the
Charity Commissioners towards the union of the Fish-
bome lectureship with the incumbency of Saint Mary's,
Berwick, which will convert to purposes of great prac-
tical utility the endowment of that lectureship, and
largely promote the spiritual interest of the populous
parishes of this town.

(Signed) Geo. Hans Hamilton,

Yicar of Berwick.

April 18, 1861.



Statement.

The district chapelry of Saint Mary, Berwick- uix)n-
Tweed, was assigned out of the parish of Berwick-
npon-Tweed by an Order in Council dated the 6th day
of July 1859, proceeding on a representation by the
Ecclesiastical Commissioners dated the 3rd day of June
of the same year. It comprises a population of about
2,000 souls, a large proportion of whom are fishermen
and persons in a humble petition of life, and amongst
whom the labours of the incumbent are trying and
onerous.

With the consent of the vicar of Berwick-upon-Tweed
the district of Saint Mary has been endowed by the
Dean and Chapter of Durham with 1002. |>er annum out
of the tithes of the parish of Berwick, this sum having
originally been intended as an additional endowment
for the said vicarage. The only other source of income
for the incumbent of Saint Mary's, Berwick, consists of
certain pew rents, surplice fees, and a stated portion of
the Sunday offerings, the whole income derived from
which several sources may be reasonably estimated at
150L per annum.

A lumdsome and commodious church has been erected
in the district at a cost of 3,239L lbs, 2d.

A valuable site of three-quarters of an acre imme-
diately adjoining the town has been presented by a lady
for a parsonage house, which is now in the course of
erection, the necessary means having been raised by
public subscription and by grants obtained from church
funds.

The estimated value of the parsonage and the site is
about 1,500Z.

The perpetual right of presentation to the mcumbency
of Saint Mary is vested in the vicar of Berwick for the
time being.

There is a lectureship attached to the parish church
of Berwick-upon-Tweed, the presentation to which is
vested in the Mercers' Company of London.

The present lecturer is the Reverend "William Proctor,
incumbent of Doddington, who was appointed about 20
years ago, when the following duties were assigned to
the office :— " To perform divine service and preach in
** person in the church of Berwick-upon-Tweed in the



" forenoon of every Thursday, and that in the event of
*' a new church or chi^l bemg built in Berwick, the
*' lecturer shall, if required by the Mercers' Company
" for the greater benefit of the interests of the e8ta«
" blished religion, t^e upon himself the duty of t^e
'* new church or chapel upon such conditions as tbe
'^ Company shall appoint or vacate the lectureship."

In acccmance with the conditions of his appointment
the present lecturer continues to perform weekly service
in tne parish church on each Thursday morning, from
the 1st of March to 31st of October, but at title time of
the formation of the district of Sadayb Mary and of the
erection of the ohurch thereof it was not considered
expedient to require the present holder of the lecture-
ship to undertake the duties of the new parish, nor to
induce the Mercers' Company to exercise the discretion
they had reserved to themselves in this matter. At
that time, however, the vicar of Berwick waited upon
the Court of Assistants of the Mercers' Company in
London, and urged upon them the groat imporf^moe of
taking sach steps that at the next avoidance of the
lectureship the endowments thereof should be made
available for the augmentation of the newly-created
benefice ot St. Mary's. The Eeverend John Irvnn, M.A.,
was presented by the Vicar of Berwick as first incum-
bent of the new parish, and still holds the cure.

The present holder of the office of leotorer resides at
a distance of several miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed,
and having moreover a separate cure of his own he is
unable further to assist in the performance of the clerical
duties of the parish of Berwick than by officiating in
the parish church of that parish at the periods bef(nie
mentioned.

The lectureship is endowed under the will of the late
Richard Fishbome, with the tithes of Chollerton and
Barrasford, in the county of Northumberland, which
produce a net income of about 300Z. per annum.

The populous district chapelry of Saint Mary's, Ber«
wick, greatly requires an adtdition to its present endow*
ment, the present income being inadequate for the
position of the incumbent and the requirements of so
poor a parish, nor is the incumbent with his present
means able to secure the assistance of a curate.

It is proposed that on the occurrence of a vacancy in
the Fishboume lectureship the office of leoturw, with
its emoluments and endowments, shall thenceforth be
and become permanently united to the said parish of
Saint Mary, so that the incumbent of the said parish shiJl
on the occurrence of such a vacancy in the lectureship
be and become fully entitled to the said office of lecturer,
with all its emoluments and endowments, and so that
thereafter tlie exercise of the right of patronage, pre«
sentation, oi nomination to the said parish ana parish
church of Sf int IVary's shall operate as a (U'esentation
or nomination to the said office of lecturer, and so that
the avoidance either by death or resignation or other-
wise of either one of the said offices of lecturer of the
pu'ish of BerwitCk-iuK)n-Tweed and incumbent of the
said parish of Saint Mary's shall operate as an avoidance
of the other.

In order, however, fully to meet the objects of the
charitable founder of the lectureship, and also the known
desire of the Mercers' Company to promote tiie inter-
ests of the established religion, it is proposed that the
following conditions should be imposed on the union of
the lectureship with the said parish, namely,

1st, That the incumbent of Saint Mary for the time
being shall perfbrm divine smrvioe and preach in the
parish church of Berwick-upon Tweed on some one week
day in every week, such day and at such hour to be
arranged by the Vicar of Berwick, subject to the sanction
and approval of the Bishop of Durham.

2ndly. That the incumbant of Saint Mary shall from
the date of his coming into the enjoyment of the emolu*
ments and endowments of the said lectureship provide
in perpetuity a stipendiary curate for the said parish of
Samt Mary's, Berwick.

In this way the parish of Berwick will be secured a
continuance of all the benefits which it now derives
from the lectureship, while the ministraticms of fuiother
clergyman in the parish of Saiat Mary will greatly
strengthen the hands of its incumbent and benefit that
district in particular, while the interests of the esta-
blished religion over the whole parish of Berwick-upon-
Tweed will be promoted by the co-operation of the
incumbent of Saint Mavy's in the services of the parish
church, and the constant and friendly intercoarse that
will thus be perpetuated amongst those having spiritual
charge in the two parishes of the town.

In order also to meet the just claim of the Mercers'
Company to consideration in respect of the patronage it



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now possesses over the leotnreship, it is proposed that
in future the right of presentation to the incumbency of
Saint Mary (carrying with it the presentation to the
lectureship), shall be vested alternately in the Mercers'
Company and the Yioar of Berwick.

Such an arrangement would, it is submitted, not bo
unfair towards the rights of the present owners of the
separate rights of presentation, and would assoredly
operate largely for the promotion of those objects which
ought to be considered paramount. As the present
incumbent of Saint Mary's was presented by the Vicar of
Berwick, the latter is willing, in pursuance of the
arrangenient now suggested, that the first presentation
to the united benefice on a yacancy occurring therein
subsequent to the avoidance of the said office of lecturer
by the present holder thereof, should be vested in the
Mercers' Company, and so on alternately thereafber.

It is hoped that the Mercers' Gompany^ will concur in
the scheme ' now submitted, and the Yicar of Berwick
has every confidence, that so far as it may be necessary
it will receive the cordial confirmation of the Bishop of
the Diocese and Uie Dean and Chapter of Durham, who
are patrons of the mother church.

Geo. Hans Hamilton,

April 18, 1861. Vicar of Berwick.



We, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England,
in pursuance of the Act of the third and fourth years
of Her Majesty, chapter 113, have prepared and now
humbly lay before your Majesty in Council, the follow-
ing scheme for uniting the office of lecturer of the
parish of Berwick-upon-Tweed, with its emoluments
and endowments, to the district chapelry of Saint Mary,
Berwick-upon-Tweed, within the said parish, and for
regulating the future right of presentation to the
incumbrancy of the said d^trict and to the said office
of lecturer.

Whereas the perpetual right of patronage, presenta-
tion, or nomination to the said district chapelry of St.
Mary is duly vested in the Beverend George Hans
Hamilton, M.A., vicar of the parish, and his successors
in sucdi vicarage of Berwick-upon-Tweed, and John
Irwin, M.A., is now the incumbent of the said district
chapelry, and the right of patronage, presentation, or
nomination to the office of lecturer of the said parish
of Berwick is doJv vested in the Mercers' Company of
London, and the !Ueverend William Proctor, 1C.A., now
holds the offioa of lecturer i^oreeaid :

And whereas the emoluments and endowments of the
said district chapelry consist of 1002. per annum out of
the rectorial tithes of the parish of Berwick, together
with certain pew rents, surplice fees, and a stated
portion of Sunday offerings, the whole income derived
from which several sources may be reasonably esti-
mated at 1502. per annum, and the emoluments and
endowments of the said office of lecturer consist of
the tithes of ChoUerton and Barrasford in the county of
Northumberland, which are commuted at 3502., pro*
ducing a net income of about SOOljper annum)t

A^d whereas the said George Hans Hamilton, vicar
of Berwick-upon-Tweed, and the sud Mercers' Com-
pany as such patrons as aforesaid, are desirous of
uniting the said district chapelry and office of lecturer,
with all emcduments and endowments to the same
respectively belonflpng on the terms hereinafter ncien-
tioned, ana bAve s3so proposed ^tiant the perpetual right
of patronage, presentation, or nomination to the said
united dismct chapelry and office of lecturer should
vest in the said Mercers' Company, and the said Georg^e
Hans Huniiton, vicar of Berwick-upon«Tweed, and his
successors in such vicarage, so as the same should be
exercised by the said Mercers' Company and their suc-
cessors, and the said (}eor^ Hans Hunilton, yicar of
Berwick-upon-Tweed, and ms successors alternately in
succession:

And whereas we are of opinion that the arrange-
ments and conditions hereinafter sabmilted by us
would, if carried into effect, conduce to the better cure
of souls within the said parish of Berwick-upon-Tweed,
and the said district chapelry :

Now, therefore, with the consents of the Bight
Beverend Henry Montam, Bishop of Durham, as bishop
of the diocese^ the said George Hans Hamilton, as vicar
of Berwick-upon-Tweed, and the said John Irwin, as
incumbent of the said district chapelry of Si Mary,
Berwick-upon-Tweed (testified by their respectively
having signed and sealed this scheme), and who with
the consent of the said Mercers' Company, testified by
their common seal being attached hereto, we. humbly
recommend and propose that witho&t any other 'con-



veyance or assurance in the law the said office of
lecturer of the parish of Berwick-upon-Tweed, with all
the emoluments and endowments thereto belonging or
in anywise appertaining or usually heretofore held,
used, or enjoyed therewith, shall be and become per*
manently united to the said district chapelry of St.
Mary, Berwick-upon-Tweed, so that on the first vacancy
which shall happen in the said office of lecturer, the
incumbent of the said district chapelry for the time
being shall, without any further presentation or nomi-
nation, bo and become thenceforth the holder of the said
office of lecturer, with its said several emoluments and
endowments, and so that in perpetuity thereafter the
exercise of the right of patronage, presentationy or
nomination to the said district chapelry of Saint S^Euy,
Berwick-upon-Tweed, shall operate as a presentation
or nomination to the said office of lecturer, and so that
the avoidance either by death or resignation or other-
wise of either one of the said offices of incumbent of
the said district, parish, and lecturer of the said parish-
(save and except an avoidance of the said office of
lecturer by the said William Proctor), shall operate as
an avoidance of the other : Provided that the union of
the said district chapelry and office of lecturer shall
not in any way affect the rights of the said William
Proctor to execute the duties and to receive the emolu-
ments and endowments incident to the said office of
lecturer by virtue of his present tenure thereof:

And we further recommend and propose that the
incumbent of the said district chapelry for the time
being shall, so soon as he shall become holder of the
said office of lecturer, be bound thenceforth in perpetuity
to perform divine service and preach in the parish
church of Berwick-upon-Tweed once in every week on
a week-day, and at an hour to be fixed by the vicar of
Berwick-upon-Tweed with the sanction and approval
of the bisnop of the diocese ; and further, that such
incumbent shall likewise fVom the date of his entering
into the enjoyment of the said emoluments and endow-
ments of the said office of lecturer of the parish of
Berwick-upon-Tweed, provide in perpetuity a stipen-
diary curate to assist in the performance of all clerical
and spiritual duties within the said district chapelry of
St. Mjary's, Berwick :

And we further, with the several consents aforesaid
(testified as aforesaid), recommend and propose that t^e
perpetual right of patrona^, presentation, and nomi-
nation to the said district chapelry of St. Mary,
Berwick-upon-Tweed (in union as aforesaid with the
said office of lecturer of the said parish of Berwick-
upon-Tweed and its said emoluments and endowments)
^aU, from and after the avoidance of the said office of
lecturer by the present holder thereof without any
assurance m the law other than this scheme, and any
duly gazetted order by your Majesty in Council ratifying
the same, be assigned to and be absolutely vested in the
said Mercers' Company and their successors, and the
said George Hans Hamilton, vicar of Berwick-upon-
Tweed and his successors in such vicarage, and siuall
and may be exercised by the said Mercers' Conipany
and their successors, and the said George Hans
Hamilton, vicar of Berwick-upon-Tweed aforesaid and
his successors alternately in succession, the first right
of choice and presentation under such order as aforesaid
to belong to and be exercised by the said Mercers'
Company or their successors.

And we further recommend and propose that the
several recommendations hereinbefore submitted by us
shall take effect and come into force upon and from the
day of the date of the publication m the "London
GtMBCtte" of any order of your Majesty in Council
ratifying this scheme.

And we further recommend and propose that nothing
herein contained shall prevent us from recommending
and proposing any otner measures relating to the
matters aforesaid in accordance with the provisions of
the said Act or of any other Act of Parliament.

We therefore humbly pray that your Majesty will
be graciously pleasea to take the premises into
your Boyal consideration, and to make such order
in resi)eot thereto as to your Majesty in your
Boyal wisdom shall seem meet.



Mercers' Hi^.
In answer to your letter, I enclose you a printed form
of petition for one of Lady Hungerford's Apprentice
Fees, which must be filled up and returned to me before
, that our Master and Wardens may have
time to make such enquiries as they may deem necessary,
previous to , when the disposal of the fees

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(of which there aire only three annoally) usually takes
place ; care must be taken in filling up the blanks in the
petition, and which should be accompanied by a state-
ment setting forth the pecuniary means of the parents
and if any other children than the oue for whom the
petition is intended, their number and ages, whether
any of them are able to assist in the support of the
family, and if so, to what extent, and, in short, any
circumstances that may assist the Master and Wardens
to make a proper selection out of the many applicants
for these fees. This statement should be certified by
the olerffyman of the parish. Previous to the fee being
paid a cMclaration will be required to be signed by the
master of the apprentice and the parent or guardian of
the child, stating that no other consideration has passed
between them except the premium stated in the body of
the indenture.



To the Masteb and Wabdbns of the Wokshipful Company
OF Mercsbs, London.

The humble petition of of in

the county of

Sheweth,

That your petitioner has a son named ,

aged years, whom is desirous of binding out

apprentice for the term of seven years, to ,

of in the county of , and who

willing to take him, if your petitioner could raise
the sum of fourteen pounds to pay with him as a
premium, which is unable to do.

Your petitioner, therefore, humbly prays that you
will be pleased to grant one of the gifts left by Lady
Hungerford, for apprenticing poor boys of the counties
of mlts and Gloucester.

And your petitioner will ever pray.

We, the undersigned minister and churchwardens

of the pirish of in the county of

do certify that we well know the

said • and do recommend as a

proper object to receive the benefit requested.

Minister.
V Churchwardens.



EuLES and Obdbbs to be observed in Mekcsbs* School.

I.
That no boy be admitted a scholar in Mercers' School
until the order for his admission be registered at
Mercers' Hall.

II.
That no boy shall be admitted a scholar who cannot
read Ensrlish correctly, and write suflBciently to perform
his Latin exercises.

III.
That every scholar be supplied, at his parents' expense,
with books, and all other tnings necessisury to his learn-
ing, as the business of the school requires, and the
master prescribes.

IV.
That no boy shall be eligible to petition for Hich's
Exhibitions, unless he shall have entered the school
previous to his twelfth birthday.

V.

That the school hours be from nine to twelve everv
morning, and from one to four in the afternoon, witn
the exception that on Wednesdays and Saturdays there
shall be a half holiday.

VI.

That no scholar absent himself on any pretence what-
ever (sickness only excepted), and any scholar absenting



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