Sterneana | Sterne in Coxwold

This entry was posted on 5th April 2012

Letter – 20 July 1760


The Right Honble the Earl Fauconberg


Date-stamped: 23 July

Remains of black wax seal

Newborough 20th July 1760

I gave Your Lordships Sirvice to Mr Sterne, whose Doctrine, (tho Chiefly Extempory) takes So well amongs the Congregation that the Church can Scarce Contain the Number of People that appear every Sunday.

I am

My Lord

Your Lordhsips Most

Obdt: Hble Servant

Richd: Chapman

Chiefly Extempory: this may explain why, though a clergyman for the best part of three decades, there are relatively few surviving sermons written by Sterne.

Number: it is estimated that 200 people could have fit into Coxwold Church.