[dated by Coleridge after 1893]

MS location unknown. Printed in Coleridge, Life p. 325-326

My dear Annie-
I can only be quite sure that Mr. Keble never taught me at my Confirmation anything about Fasting Communion. When he first came monthly celebrations began here at mid-day the last Sunday in the month, his idea then being that he would come over and assist. So Hursley was fortnightly mid-day first and last Sundays; Ampfield began on the third. Then it was begun at Hursley early on the intermediate Sundays, and I remember its being said that the poor women could come to it then.

I am sure he never commended Fasting Communion to me, nor lamented the omission, though I have a dim idea that once when talking about the expedience of the presence of non-communicants, which he deprecated as a rule, he mentioned the wishing to fast as a possible reason with some, but I am not sure. Early celebrations were certainly never insisted on in this church in his time, but Mr. Wither’s refusal to me when I proposed it was after his death– I do not think it was thought of before. I cannot tell about his own practice, the only time I spent a Sunday at Hursley being when I was very young.Jimmy Young would know better. It is quite possible that his habits grew more strict as time went on, but I am quite sure he did not teach me to practise it, and that he deprecated the attendance without communicating as a rule (for I discussed it with him), only wishing for it for children as part of their immediate preparation for First Communion.-

Your affectionate

Cite this letter

The Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge(1823-1901) edited by Charlotte Mitchell, Ellen Jordan and Helen Schinske.

URL to this Letter is: https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/yonge/3592/to-charlotte-anne-elizabeth-moberly-2

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