Sometimes starryeyed, yet mostly clearsighted!
Written by Ann2
(2/5/2003 4:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Puralism Abuse- in Alresford!, penned by Caroline
...However, Rev Francis caused a scandal when he was accused by the diocese with "abusing" the accounts of St Cross. After a lot of kerfuffle, and headlines in papers, he did eventually pay back the money and resign his wardenship. The case became one of the inspirations for Anthony Trollope's The Warden , and so Rev Francis North has become an example of those clerics whose abuses have given all 18th century clergymen a bad name.
How very interesting. Thanks, Caroline, for the memories also. I'll put that Warden on my -not very short - suggested reading list.