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MORE BISHOPS. I TO THE EDITOR OF THE "WRSTERN MAIL." SIP.,—Daring the past week there bas been a corre- spondence in the Times on the subject of' More Bishops,' and on Thursday last a leader on the same question. I should he slad if you would Allow me a few words in your valuable paper on thesubject, Now. I think every working clergyman feels that there is nothing which would tI r^w more lite and energy into his parochial work than the presence of hi? bishop from time to time in his purish. And surely, sir, this is not too much to auk, for it is plainly the duty of the bishop to know something of the labours of his clergy in his own diocese; and I am not saying too much when I affirm that many are utterly ignorant of the religious work of half of them. Yet whv is this? It may be that they are over-worked ,• If so, it is a strong argument for the increase of the episcopatei But there is ar,other reason, and that is that some 01 otir bishops do not do as much as they might in this repeat; they have time to attend Levees and State concerts time to be present at Court and the House of Lord" and 'bus their time is taken up; and they have little or no time for their real work, visit- ing the clergy and the parishes of their dioceses, which, from their very name, it is their dnty to super ntend. I do not for a moment say that all bishops thus neglect their diocese", but that many keep too much away from them, and that from those who are personally present in their dioceses we learn this, that it is indeed a great blessing to our Church to have an itinerating as distin- guished from an "arm-chair" bishop. I heartily agree with "PrMbyter" in hie letter in Thursday's Timuln thinking ti at what we want in this jt?e is a bishop, to preach from time to time in our pulpits more than to write books and speak in the House of Lords, to preside at onr meetings, to direct our diocesan institutions, to harmonise the cierey in consultation, and to overlook with bis own eyes the religious work of his diooese, to be less in London, more in his own sphere of labour; and I think, sIr, in spite of the Times'* article, that to do this efficiently we should have more bishops, but, above all things, that our present bishops should give themselves wholly to the work. And if this is not to keep a strong general control over the work of the Church," I use the words of jtbe Times'* article, I know not what is. And surely, in this wort there is room for the bishops to bring to bear all "influence of sound learn nz, mature judgment, and wide views," and to do this efficiently we need the very highest class of raen for our bishops, men who will set a good example to the cieray of the Church of England in this critical time, and show that whilst lawyers, doctors, barristers, and all professional men have to work bard if they wish to be successful, there is no longer a necessity that because a man is a clergyman therefore he must do little or nothing. —I am, sir, yours truly, JOHN BOWBN ROWLAND?. Hubberston Rectory, January 1st, 187J* M ♦ i

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