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SOME LOCAL WORTHIES.                          179
The following is a copy of the entry in the parish register:—
1790. The Honorable Spencer Perceval, of Lincoln's Inn, in the County of Middlesex, Batchelor, and Jane Wilson, of this parish, spinster, married in this church by licence this tenth day of August in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety by me Chars. Whitehead, Vicar.
Witnesses. Dorothy Wakeham               Spencer Perceval
T. Wakeham                         Jane Wilson
The marriage was a happy one and the union was blessed by a family of twelve children. Two days after the assassination Parliament voted a pension of £2,000 a year to Mrs. Perceval and the sum of £50,000 to be invested for the benefit of her large family, some of whom, living to extreme old age at Ealing and elsewhere, have only quite recently died.
THE REV. C. J. PATERSON.
The Rev. Charles John Paterson was a Curate of East Grinstead who gained considerable fame beyond this town, and an interesting account of his life was afterwards written by Archdeacon Hoare, of Winchester. He was born on March 11th, 1800, and educated at Putney, under Dr. Carmalt. His widowed mother removed to Brighton as soon as he left school, and here, while still a lad, he devoted himself to the study of the mineral, animal and fossil kingdoms. He formed one of the most valuable collections of Sussex shells and insects ever got together. He went to Cambridge when 19 years of age and was ordained at Easter, 1824, being immediately appointed to the curacy of East Grinstead, under the Rev. Richard Taylor, taking up work princi­pally in the Forest Row district. He became " admired, applauded, courted and engaged in most of the circles of general society in the neighbourhood." From the proceeds of a purse presented to him for extra voluntary work undertaken while in East Grinstead, he provided a service of sacramental plate and a statuary marble font, executed with much taste under his own immediate order. Finally his outspoken sermons lost him many of
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