The Anglican Alphabet (1873)

01The Anglican Alphabet
London: Marsh, 1873.

Notices in the contemporary press:

We have received from Mr. Marsh, Fetter Lane, The Anglican Alphabet, illustrated by C. D., a good-humoured epic—would that all epics were as brief, representing in verse and pictures the early career of an “Anglican Priest.” In respect to the ceremonial, he is at variance with his Bishop and Dean, and, apparently, with every one but himself, his wife, and baby, and, we suppose, for this is not told, a portion of his congregation. The Alphabet begins with “A was an Anglican, carefully shorn,” and sitting in his study, which is enriched with several queer pseudo-mediævalisms, such as the “Gothic” notching of his pen-feather, the engrailling of the mantel-valance over his fire-place, and his own “Noah’s-Ark” costume. “C was the Candles, he placed all about”; “D was the Dean, who at once blew them out”; “R was his Rosary, kept out of sight”; and so on till the latter letters, which show how the poor fellow “ended in Rome,” taking his wife with him; “X was the Cross they both cheerfully bore,” i.e. the lady washed the baby-linen, the “Anglican” wrote, goodness knows what, at least he proved his earnestness if not his sense. The sketches, which are but trifles, are cleverly executed; the epic has its “moral,” that being, of course, “go thou and do likewise”: in this respect the Alphabet is a piece of special pleading, and composed not without art or, may we say, craft. From The Athenæum, March 8, 1873, p. 312.

From A. Marsh, Fetter Lane.—The Anglican Alphabet. A pretty little skit either for or against Anglicans—we cannot tell which. It is true, the hero, a young Anglican, is silly enough to make his wife miserable and go to Rome, but others greater than he have been equally idiotic, and C.D., the illustrator, has drawn his wife so prettily, and they seem to be so good to the poor, that we pity them. The pervert, however, was very far gone; like the benighted Brahmin and Romanist he ‘rattled off his prayer on a rosary.’ From The Publishers’ Circular, March 1, 1873, pp. 145-146.

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