Published Thursday 18 June 1861
To the editor of the Scarborough Gazette

SIR, — May I be permitted to trouble your pages with a statement of truths to explain how it is I have made myself responsible for the contract beyond the money already in hand, for building the South Cliff Church.

I will begin with my first feeling at the early infancy of the Esplanade, the desire came to my mind that a church should be there. Through carefulness, I saved fifty pounds, giving this to a gentleman (one of the late committee) with a request that at the first opportunity this little matter of mine might begin a church.
As the time ran on the feeling became stronger, and I was able to give more money. A committee was formed and leave granted to build a Church on the Hill. Then came another feeling to my mind, — that because of the nearness to Old Ocean, it ought to be a strong-built church and because of the growing importance of that part of Scarborough called the South Cliff, it ought to be a well-sized church.

The desirableness of these two points I strongly urged upon the committee, who objected to permit a spending of money beyond the original limit. On this account my sister gave a thousand pounds for tower and spire; her previous giving was twenty pounds. I myself having given one thousand pounds towards the building fund; one thousand pounds to the endowment fund, besides gifts for the interior of the church.

When all was seemingly arranged, a letter came from the committee asking me to participate in THEIR guarantee bond by GIVING to the building fund two thousand five hundred pounds.  In justice to my feelings, I declined on the score that ourselves — one family only — had helped the guarantee bond by GIVING to the building fund two thousand five hundred pounds.

Abstracting this, the committee were running no further risk than their original permitted expense. When I denied their request, so set was my heart to the church that I spoke in this sort ­— “If you decline the risk, and will give the affair into my hands, I will take the entire responsibility, “and thus I am the one person only.
My mother’s very serious illness during the last nine weeks has hitherto obliged me to refrain from business matters. I am told a report has gone abroad that I am rich, and can well afford to build the church. This is far from the truth. I have already given beyond what perhaps I consistently ought, according to my worldly means. My father was a medical man — poor at the beginning of his life, but rich in character throughout his life.

May my appeal meet with similar respond as was given to your most admirable institution ­— the Royal Northern Sea Bathing Infirmary. If it is well and good, and it is very well and good, to help and minister to the wants and suffering of our fellow-beings for the comfort of their lives in this world, it must be all as well and good to help and to aid that which is intended to better the condition of that part of our being which is to live in another world and for ever.

Tis to be hoped, although the committee have no longer a responsible people, that they have every good feeling towards the church, as well in themselves as in their influence with others, the more especially those who reside, or are about to reside on the South Cliff.

I can truly say, and I say it with intentions that my only object throughout has been to serve right. I am asking support and subscriptions from the inhabitants of Scarborough, their having opportunity of helping the building of a church in their own town, where church room is so much needed.

I appeal to visitors, who will be enabled to attend church at the ordinary hours. I would desire to appeal to the great of the land, who are a blessing to England (because of their help to right things) if such could visit these shores may they be inclined to give me some small somewhat of their substance towards this new church at Scarborough, and I ask of my poorer brethren, who can give me no money, that they give me sympathy of feeling — their hearts desire for another place of worship.

May the building of St Martins be example for another church — for other churches — in your town. More than Three Thousand Pounds is still required towards the building fund. May God speed me in my endeavour, ­— and if the Almighty permits me time and strength, my energies will be given to the doing. And with every faithfulness to St. Martin’s.

I am yours etc.


5, Esplanade, June 6, 1861