Punch,  9 (1845), 188.

Clergymen on Railways

[Douglas W Jerrold] *


News-Commentary, Drollery


Railways, Transport, Religious Authority, Accidents, Exhibitions, Architecture

    Relishes news that several clergymen are among the directors of the 'proposed railways', suggesting that such individuals should travel on each train and 'be on the spot to administer consolation in the case of mortal casualty'. Points out that clergymen are forbidden by law to 'deal for gain and profit', and reminds 'certain Deans and Chapters' that they should remember these laws when displaying religious statues. This is a criticism of the authorities of Westminster Abbey for charging the public a 2d admission fee for inspecting the tombs and statues in the abbey.

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