Punch,  47 (1864), 145.

'Cold Curate'

Charity Lambswool


Introduction; Diary, Spoof


Religion, Human Development, Animal Behaviour, Ornithology

    Presents extracts from an 'elegant Epistle' of 'young lady in the Country', which describes her father's need for a 'little Cold Curate', a species that appears to be a game bird but which could also be a clergyman. The author describes the curate as a 'shy bird', whose scarcity can be explained by the 'hardness of the ground' and the actions of the 'game-keepers of Manors'. Stresses some of the delights of the curate, including the fact that it has a 'tender' tongue and, unlike turtle cutlets, it is not 'too rich', and it also 'endeavours to secure a nice roosting-place in the church'. Urges that something should be done to 'make it more plump and partridge-like' and suggests that Henry J Temple (3rd Viscount Palmerston) might throw a 'few bread-crumbs' into the curate's 'soft bill'.

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