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158                 Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. XIII.
in the proceeds of a Rate raised over the parish at large ; and that the Rate raised by the Mother parish must be for itself only. A letter to me, written by Mr. Pierpoint, the Incumbent of Trinity Church, and dated December 19, 1865, which is now before me, summarises things only too accurately:—" My own view is that the Vicar has dealt a death-blow to the Church Rate in this parish, .and manv who are still in favour of a Rate would in a contest be sure to follow him as a leader. The whole mischief is, however, chargeable not upon this person or that but upon the inextricable confusion of the ' Church Building Acts,' and the refusal of the Legislature to meddle with the question."
Here may be mentioned the Sunday Band in 1855 ■on the green in front of the Burlington Hotel, which was ignominiously extinguished by public opinion after 2 performances. It has been called Sir William Domville's Band and the credit (or rather discredit) of it given to him; but my impression is that it was Lady Domville and her son William Henry Domville who were the prime movers in it, and that Sir William had not much to do with it except, perhaps, to pay for it, because he was then in his 80th year and, if I recollect aright, quite in his dotage. He died in 1860. Mr. W. H. Domville was very conservative in regard to one matter—his annual holiday, professionally known as the " Long Vacation." It always commenced with him on the 1st day of July, were the weather wet or fine, were there much business or little business awaiting disposal in his office. With his wife and daughter he started every year on the day named in his own close carriage, driving 20 miles a day with his own horses wherever he went, east, west, north, south. The luggage of the family was concentrated in one large trunk strapped outside the carriage. If the weather was fine Mr. Domville would, perhaps, take a seat on the box, but ordinarily he would not quit the inside of his carriage.
The introduction of Sunday bands into East-Bourne has several times been fought, but I am sorry to say in the end unsuccessfully. And the bands
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