THE ROMANCE OF LONDON'S
American papers tell an interesting episode in tho life of London's recent?? consecrated bishop. Whether it is literally true or not hardly impairs the interest of the story.
Ambition sated and love denied, £?ys one account. This, in brief, is the history of Winnington Ingram, King1 Edward's new appointee to the See of London.
A Bistaoo at 42 of the world's metropolis, in direct line of succession to the Archbishopric of Canterbury, the proudest ecclesiastical honour in Great Britain's gift, with riches and worldly power at command, he has all that heart could desire save love. The Bishop Ran buried his romance, but it has left us mark. The story of Arthur Foley Winnington Ingram would convert the most hardened sceptic to belief in the law of compensation. His father's modest living1 at Stamford Rectory inspired the studious boy with simple tastes, and when he obeyed a call to the priesthood he was satisfied to begin at the bottom of the ladder. Ho filled the post of curate at St. Mary's, Shrewsbury, 16 years ago, at the opening of his career. In 1895 he was rector of Bethnal Green. Two years later he had become canon of St. Paul's and the Suffragan ;Biishop oT Stepney. His preferment was literally the work of his own hands. He laboured for his parish with a zeal that was almost unparalleled. No sacrifice was too great. He was one with his people, lived amon? them and was Idolized by them. They called him "the Working Bishop."
He used to say laughingly that Tve was the busiest man in London, for he prepared speeches on the top of omnibuses, composed sermons in tram cars and ate his lunch in the underground trains.
It was two years ago that the Bishop's romance came to a focus, when it was announced that Lady Ulrica D-uncbmbe, the youngest of the four famous beauties, daughters of the Earl of Paversham, was to become his bride. All London was startled. The bride to be, strikingly like her lovely sister, the late Duchess of Leinster. was barely 24. Her delicate charm had been fostered in an environment of softest luxury. The man she had chosen dwelt among the masses in the most laborious diocese in England. It would mean jse>lf immolation her friends said.
But the affair was evidently a love match. Lady Ulrica, always of a ser!ous cast of thought, entered heart and soul into the Bishop's plans. For three short months he lived in a fool's paradise before the engagement was abruptly broken. Whether her courage faltered or relatives interfered none dared ask. But with the wedding day already in view, the beauty, who had declined an earl for his sake, refused to marry her churchman lover.
The Bishop, stunned by the blow which crumbled his happiness, went abroad. He returned a changed man. He is still "the Working Bishop," with a life devotion to his work which' has spiritualised and ennobled his face and bearing. But the youthful buoyancy that characterised his splendid energy ia gone. His romance cost him dear.
King Edward's appointment was In the nature of a reward for his labours in his former diocese. Ingram is ihq youngest holder of the see.
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WINNINGTON INGRAM., Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 111, 11 May 1901, Supplement
WINNINGTON INGRAM. Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 111, 11 May 1901, Supplement
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