HL Deb 24 June 1878 vol 241 cc118-9

House in Committee (according to Order).

Clauses 1 to 9, inclusive, agreed to.

Clause 10 (Saving the Archdeaconry of Cornwall).


moved to omit the clause. He remarked, that when the Bill was read a second time it had only just been printed, so that no time was given to consider it in its various bearings. The 10th clause provided that on the first vacancy arising in the Archdeaconry of Cornwall after the passing of this Act, the amount payable to the Archdeacon, who now got £300 a-year out of the income of the Canonry of Exeter, which by this Act was to be transferred to the Cathedral Church of Truro, should be reduced to an amount not exceeding £200 a-year. The right rev. Prelate (the Bishop of Exeter), whose name was on the back of the Bill, and who was not then present, spoke, in introducing the measure, as if £200 a-year were quite sufficient endowment for the Archdeacon; but when their Lordships considered the immense size of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall, extending in one direction some 60 or 70 miles along one of the largest counties in the Kingdom, he thought they would be of opinion that the amount proposed was inadequate. Such was certainly the opinion of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, who, in 1836, recommended that all Archdeaconries of less than £200 a-year should be made up to £200 a-year out of the common fund available for such purposes; and they stated, distinctly that they did not consider that that was an adequate endowment; but that they did not wish to trespass more largely on funds available for augmentation of small livings. The clause proposed that the saving of one-third of the income which was now paid to the Archdeacon of Cornwall, should be transferred to the Dean and Chapter of Truro, if then founded, or otherwise to the Truro Chapter Endowment Fund. The present Archdeacon of Cornwall was exactly in the same position as other Archdeacons who were endowed by a share of a Canonry; and the difference between £300 and £200 would be severely felt. For this reason, he begged to move the omission of the clause from the Bill.

Moved, "That the clause be omitted." —(The Earl of Powis.)


pointed out that, by the appointment which was about to take place of an Archdeacon of Bodmin, the duties of the existing Archdeaconry of Cornwall would be materially lightened. He believed that in many Archdeaconries in England the endowment did not exceed £200 per annum.


remarked that if the amount payable to the Archdeaconry of Cornwall constituted a smaller remuneration than ordinary, they must bear in mind that the whole of the arrangements proposed by this Bill were exceptional. The difference between the £300 and the £200 would be given to Truro; and he thought that, under all the circumstances, the arrangement was the best that could be proposed.

Amendment negatived.

Bill reported, without Amendment, and to be read 3a To-morrow.

House adjourned at a quarter before Seven o'clock, till To-morrow, half past Ten o'clock.