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relative to this chapelry have at times been in so many various hands, that notwithstanding there are persons yet living who may remember its first erection ; yet, in many particulars, our best and most certain information must be taken from the uninterrupted practice of the last thirty or forty years only.—The Pews were, perhaps, the only original endowment, which, by the best information we could ever procure, have not been encreased in their rents since their first institution. In the body of the church, they are equal to any establishment of its kind in this neighbourhood ; and consequently, when first rated, considering the then comparatively scarcity of money, were a generous valuation.-We cannot give you a better idea of the sense these our worthy predecessors entertained of the famine of hearing the words of the Lord,—than by an extract from the warrant given at the court at Kensington, the 28th day of June, 1712.
“ Whereas many of our good subjects inhabitants of the hamlet “ of Kew, within the parish of Kingston upon Thames, in our @ County of Surrey, have by their petition humbly represented unto
us, that by reason of their very great distance from their said parish-church, they are hindered from resorting so frequently as
they ought to the public worship of God, which they esteemed a “ most grievous calamity ;-they have therefore most humbly pray
ed, inasmuch as they have begun, and by the blessing of God on “ their endeavours, with great success carried on a subscription for
erecting a chapel, &c. – That we would be graciously pleased, to
grant them our leave to erect and build the said chapel on the “ south side of Kew GREEN.”
These faithful stewards of the Lord were not only solicitous for their own times but prudentially took care that their work should not fail through the inattention or lukewarmness of successors.VOL. III. Сс
They They purchased therefore certain woodlands, which were conveyed to them in trust.-in the first place, to support, uphold, and keep in good repair the chapel fo erected ; and until the said chapel should stand in need of such repair, the produce of the said lands thould be received, taken and enjoyed by the curate of the said chapel, towards his support and maintenance. The names of the Trustees, as appears by an engraved plate, which has been carefully. preserved, were Sir CHARLES Eyre, TREASURER, John LELY, Esq. CHRISTOPHER APPLEBY, Esq. MR. EDWARD MOUNTNEY, MR. JEREMIAH MURDEN, and others the inhabitants of KewGreen.“ O Lord, hear the supplication of thy people, and granti “ that the zeal which these thy servants departed have so well ex“pressed towards thy ordinances, and thy holy temple may be had. " in everlasting remembrance.”
The ground on which this church is built was graciously given by that eminently pious personage. QUEEN ANNE;-a Queen, whose. virtues were as exalted as her station ; whose affection for the established church of this land will remain recorded to her honour to latest posterity.-- What a glorious instance of royal munificence was her grant of the revenues of the first-fruits and tenths for the perpetual augmentation of small livings.—True it is, ia this opulent neighbourhood, where christian benevolence delights, to hold her feat-instances of real distress among the clergy is pure adventure scarcely to be found; but were we able to defcribe tie miseries and distresses that attend the lower clergy in other
Farts of the kingdom, we Mould present a picture to your imagination too gloomy and too affecting for your tender natures to bear. Were they to pass in review before you, what numbers would behold sinking by flow and insensible degrees into despondency and despair ? Scoffed at, despised, and trainpled upon by per ons every way their inferiors, but in one article; defrauded of half that fcanty pittance by perverse and litigious men, and compelled to
facrifice a part of their legal rights; or the whole of their much dearer
peace and tranquility.-With what joy and gratitude then must these men regard the memory of that good Queen, when perhaps the only part of their poor income they can receive, without obloquy and reproach, is what they derive from her judicious bounty.-With strict propriety this.circumstance is now mentioned, for we of this chapelry are already greatly benefitted by that bounty, and are capable of demanding two benefactions more for the perpetual use of the incumbents of this church.—As we cannot be suspected of any improper influence from a deceased monarch, we may therefore be indulged so small a tribute to gratitude as claiming your attention to a short character of our
Of Anne, Queen of Great Britain, it is universally allowed, that though her presence was by no means wanting in dignity, yet was it more engaging than majestick. Her understanding, naturally elevated, was yet eclipsed by the virtues of her heart; which were so very conspicuous, that the rude voice of Nander, even in the most tempestuous times, never called them in question. She was a pattern of conjugal affection and fidelity-A TENDER MOTHER, -- A WARM FRIEND,-AN INDULGENT MISTRESS,MA MUNIFICENT PATRON, A MILD AND MERCIFUL PRINCESS, during whose reign not one subject’s blood was ever shed for treason. She was zealoully attached to the church of England,-a friend to its poor ministers, and consequently to the parishes to which they belonged.---She was unaffectedly pious, just, charitable and compassionate. She felt a parental fondness for her people, by whom she was universally beloved with a warmth of affection, which even the violence of party could not stifle. In a word, she was certainly one of the best and most unblemished of sovereigns, and well deserved the expressive, though simple epithet and character of the GOOD QUEEN ANNE ; a nursing moyour good
ther of the church, by whose liberality and unwearied solicitude thousands were plentifully provided for when the fpiritual famine was in the land.
Let your light so mine before men, that they may fee works, is a christian precept, to celebrate those who have been eminently studious to perform this duty a christian practice. It excites an active spirit of emulation which has a natural tendency to advance the happiness of society, and consequently of glorifying our Father which is in heaven.
By the last will and testament of LADY CAPell, another most liberal benefactress to this place, this generous and exalted fentiment is expressed in a manner that cannot fail to engage our gratitude and esteem.
“ The inhabitants, says the, of Kew-Green, having ever since “ the confecration of the said chapel, in a very commendable man“ ner annually solemnised the twelfth day of May, being the day “ on which it was consecrated, by resorting thither to hear divine “ service, and a charity sermon preached before them ; which
good custom it is to be hoped will be forever observed by the “ said inhabitants, &c."-In another part of her will, the resumnes the matter by the words following : “ I have ap
“ I have appointed this distribution, meaning the rents of Parry-Court, in manner afore« faid, with an intent to animate the inhabitants of Kew-Green
duly to observe the said day of consecration of the said chapel ; “ as also in hopes that such a general meeting of the said Trustees “ and Treasurers may be a means to promote and encourage the “ said charity-schools; so I hope that as many of the said Trea“ surers and Trustees as can, and particularly such of them as are “ contiguous to Kew-Green aforesaid, will give their attendance
chearfully on this occasion, &c.”
Alterations arising from times and situation, may render the best designs defective; but still the original intentions of pious benefactors, ought as far, and as long as they are practicable, to be religiously observed ; and where this is no longer possible, fomething similar, something that may answer the same good designs and purposes should be substituted in its stead. To the honour of our common nature, we must admit, there is a kind of contagion in good, as well as evil example.—May it not therefore be an institution of piety and prudence, as well as gratitude, to have from henceforth, after public prayers, which shall be constantly read in this church on the morning of the twenty-third day of May—that is, May 12, Old Stile, in every ensuing year, immediately before the distribution of the charity ; may it not answer the greatest purposes, to have a public recital made of the benefactions belonging to this parish, and a short account of the benefactors, in fome form to be agreed upon by the inhabitants afsembled in veftry ?—And that these righteous may be had in everlasting remembrance, it should be our first care to provide a proper and durable book, in which their venerable names may be registered and enrolled, as well to the intent that virtue, even in this world, may not intirely lose its reward, as that the glorious flame of benevo. lence may be transmitted to others, and kindle in their bosoms an ardent desire, by imitating their philanthropy, to entitle themselves to a place with such worthies as do not set at nought the praise of good men, the prayers of the poor, the blessings of laints, martyrs, and the spirit of God almighty, the author and sure rewarder of
social virtue ;—but who mark this upon the tablet of their hearts,--that every benevolent action, every benevolent intention, will follow them to the bar of judgment, and plead in their behalf more eloquently than the united tongues of the angelic choir.
To come still nearer to the intention of this good and pious lady; may it not be further adviseable, that in every future year, on the Sunday following the twelfth of August, the day our present