the Editor of the
SIR, ——In your
impression of Friday last, the 22nd May, is a report of a meeting of the
trustees of Fishlake School, and as that report is calculated to convey the impression
that I had acted in collusion with the Vicar in filling up a certain schedule,
in order, as it were, to steal a march on the remaining body of trustees, it
will perhaps be better that the full case, should be stated, particularly as I
was away from home when the meeting was held, and could have therefore no
opportunity of giving my version of the circumstances which led to the papers
being partly filled up at the school-house. The meeting was originally called for
May 12th, but owing to the prevalence of the influenza epidemic it was
postponed to Tuesday in Whit-week.
On Sunday afternoon, May 10th, I was waited upon by the Vicar and Mr. Robert Walker, the vice chairman of the trustees, who requested me to furnish them with some information concerning myself required by the education department, which would laid before the trustees on the following Tuesday. The schedule had then been partly filled up by the Vicar. I at once, on observing this, expressed my surprise at their having possession of the papers at all, as Mr. Bradbury was the properly appointed secretary to the trustees, and I thought all communications should pass through his hands, and not through theirs. Mr. Walker then intimated that he and Mr. Bradbury were acting together, and said further that they had duplicates of the papers, and that the schedule be sent to the Education Department would be filled up in the presence of all the trustees at the next meeting. I then called the attention of the two gentlemen to the fact that the school was wrong described by them as a “Church of England school and reminded them, not then for the first time, that the Assistant Charity Commissioner had some time ago informed the then existing trustees, myself, and others, that the school was not a Church of England school. However the Vicar stuck to his opinion that it was, expressed his determination to fight the point out, if necessary, with the Commissioners, and claimed to be sole manager of the school.
After some discussion I wrote replies to several questions, as to my name age, date of appointment, class of certificate, when it was obtained, where trained and for what period, what previous experience I had had, and where, and some others of like import personal to myself. Other information relating to the school was not supplied to them then, but was laid upon the table on the day of the trustees’ meeting.
I should certainly have taken not the slight notice of the report of your correspondent, but that it seemed to cast a reflection on my conduct as unworthy as I feel it to be undeserved. By inserting this you will greatly oblige.
Believe me. yours faithfully,
Master of the Fishjake School
Fishlake, May 26th, 1891.