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DISTINGUISHED CHURCHMEN

message breathing the essence of Bible teaching: “One Lord, one faith, one baptism; may all be one flock, under one Shepherd. Welcome to the Motherland. May this visit remind us all of the essentials of religion—Faith, Hope and Charity.” It was a striking message, and, to judge by the reception accorded, it found a billet in every heart. But the message was only typical of the man. It is this same broadness of mind—or sympathy, if you will—added to his remarkable personality and a spirit of comradeship such as few distinguished men display, which makes the Archdeacon of London's presence welcome wherever he goes. His friends are legion, and his diary of engagements would appal any man devoid of real enthusiasm and great capacity for downright hard work.

Like the Archbishop of York (Dr Maclagan), Dr Sinclair is a Scotsman, his father having been the son of the Right Hon. Sir John Sinclair, M.P. for Caithness, by his marriage with the daughter of Lord Macdonald (of the Isles). It was while the father had charge of St George's, Leeds, that the future Archdeacon was born—in 1850—and he lived at Leeds for six years. Few changes could be more marked than that experienced on the removal to rural Sussex, to which county the father was called to fill the Rectory of Pulborough, long before Pulborough became anything like the up-to-date place it is to-day. Of those early days