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STAPLETON'S MERITS
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common, flat and marshy, with a flock of geese, some Scotch firs, and a fine view of Wolstonbury rising in the east. It was on Henfield common that Mr. Borrer once saw fourteen Golden Orioles on a thorn bush. Adventures are to the ad­venturous, birds to the ornithologist; most of us have never succeeded in seeing even one Oriole.
William Borrer, the botanist, uncle of the ornithologist, was born in Henfield and is buried there. In his Henfield garden, in i860, as many as 6,600 varieties of plants were growing. Beyond a small memoir on Lichens, written in con-junction with Dawson Turner, he left no book. Another illus­trious son of Henfield was Dr. Thomas Stapleton, once Canon of Chichester and one of the founders of the Catholic College of Douay, of whom it was written, somewhat ambiguously, that he " was a man of mild demeanour and unsuspected in­tegrity." Fuller has him characteristically touched off in the Worthies:—" He was bred in New Colledge in Oxford, and then by the Bishop (Christopherson, as I take it) made Cannon of Chichester, which he quickly quitted in the first of Queen Elizabeth. Flying beyond the Seas, he first fixed at Douay, and there commendably performed the office of Catechist, which he discharged to his commendation.
" Reader, pardon an Excursion caused by just Grief and Anger. Many, counting themselves Protestants in England, do slight and neglect that Ordinance of God, by which their Religion was set up, and gave Credit to it in the first Reforma­tion ; I mean, CATECHISING. Did not our Saviour say even to Saint Peter himself,' Feed my Lambs, feed my Sheep ' ? And why Lambs first? 1. Because they were Lambs before they were Sheep. 2. Because, if they be not fed whilst Lambs they could never be Sheep. 3. Because Sheep can in some sort feed themselves ; but Lambs (such their tenderness) must either he, fed ox famished. Our Stapleton was excellent at this Lamb-feeding."
An epitaph in Henfield Church is worth copying for its
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