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THE ARCHDEACON OF LONDON

the life of their protégé were to prove. In passing, it may be said it was no slight testimony of the student's abiding love for exercise and open-air country life, that he used to cover the journeys from his father's home at Pulborough to Oxford, and vice-versâ, on horseback, a means of transit which, however slow and tedious to most folk, was wont to afford the Archdeacon of the future three days of intense delight.

London, even in those days, seemed to have a magnetic attraction for the young man. After taking his degree, its force impelled him to accept the curacy of Quebec Chapel under the Rev. Francis Holland, now Canon of Canterbury. He may be said, however, to have been early and fairly launched on the road to prominence in the Church when, in 1877, Dr Jackson selected him as Resident Chaplain at Fulham Palace. For ten years on, from 1880, he was Vicar of St Stephen's, Westminster, the beautiful church built by Baroness Burdett-Coutts, and his services had been requisitioned both as Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of London and as Chaplain-in-Ordinary to her late Majesty Queen Victoria, when, on the resignation of Archdeacon Gifford, Dr Temple again manifested his appreciation by calling him to the Archdeaconry of London, a post accompanied by a Canonry of St Paul's Cathedral. The new appointments brought Archdeacon Sinclair a tremendous amount of work, but, contrary to the