THROUGH THE ARCHIVES: From the News Letter of November 1855
Chaplains for the Crimea War
In November 1855 the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, “in whose hands the Government has placed the nomination of chaplains for the seat of war”, appealed through the News Letter for members of the clergy to come forward to work as chaplains to soldiers serving in the Crimea War
A notice in the paper read: “The society had not been able to fill its list of 24 chaplains at the seat of war, and will gladly hear from clergymen willing and qualified to take this arduous duty. Single clergymen who have had at least two years’ experience in holy orders are generally preferred. A free passage is provided by the Government and the salary is equivalent to little less than £300.”
It was also reported that the Reverend J H Beresford Harris, BA, of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and the Reverend J B Martin, BA, had both been appointed to chaplaincies.
The Half-holiday Movement
The banks of Belfast were to close from December 1, 1855, at one o’clock, in a victory for the Half-holiday Movement.
The News Letter commented: “We have been requested to draw attention to an advertisement in our columns today, where it is announced that it is the intention of all banks in town to close, in future, at one o’clock on Saturday.”
The News Letter continued: “We are aware that the Half-holiday Committee feel themselves no little indebted to the bankers of Belfast, for the hearty manner in which they have responded to the call of the Committee.”
The News Letter declared: “The boon is a great one, and it is very much enhanced by the manner in which it has been granted. ”
The News Letter concluded: “One o’clock then, will be the closing hour in all the banks, on Saturday, in future. This will completely enable the different merchants in town to have their business finished, and their places of business closed at the appointed half-holiday hour, viz: - two o’clock.”