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ANECDOTE OF MIL . SAMVEL JONES AND SIR . ( AFTERWARDS ARCHBISHOP ) SECKEU .
To the Editor of the Monthly Repository .
Hackney ^ June 21 , 1810 . sir , Reading in the Repository some account of Mr , Samuel Jones brought to my remembrance an anecdote which was related to me
by the Rev . David Lewis , dissenting minister of Frenchay , near Bristol , who died there about 38 years ago , who also told me that
Mr . Jones ^ , observing the rapid progress his pupil Seeker made in his studies , often pleasantly said , he would be archbishop of Canterbury ; an expression of approbation which proved prophetic .
It was usual with Mr . Jones to ask one or more of the students to smoke a pipe with him in an evening ? but an engagement from home once breaking in on this custom the young men who
expected that evening ' s indulgence ^ and who thought it hard to be deprived of their pipe and tankard in their tutor ' s absence , resolved to procure both ; and Mr . Seeker , who was foremost on the
occasion , removed a board in the floor and descended through the aperture into the cellar , to supply the party with the contents of the barrelbut was so unfortunate as
, to dyop into a basket of tobacco pipes , which happened to stand immediately under the place of his descent .
Mr . Jones was informed of the adventure and of the destruction of his pipes , on his return home , of which he took no notice at the time , but the next evening invited
his young friends as usual , not omitting Mr . Seeker . Each endeavoured to evade the
visit by repeated excuses , when Mr . Jones turning again to Mr . Seeker , insisted on the pleasure of his company , and the plea of am unfinished exercise was overruled .
On entering the parlour , Mr . Jones placed his conscious guest opposite the door , which was purposely left half open , and the shortest of the broken pipes were laid on . the table in a plate with the
tankard . Mr . Jones , affecting surprise , asked the reason of their being furnished with broken pipes , and the servant , who was previously instructed , told him an
accident had happened and all his pipes were broken . CQ Well / ' replied Mr . Jones , accidents can't always be avoided ; we'll make « . i _ i _ yy i ___ . _ . i __ i _ ** 11 _ i these do and lfilled
; " , accordingy , one himself and presented his pupil another . The parlour door opened into a passage which led to the library , and a fellow student soon observing his friend
Seeker ' s ludicrous situation , was not slow in publishing it to the rest which brought * a procession of his academic brethren , each stopping as he passed to smile at their unfortunate friend doing penance for his frolic . Mr . Janes
in the meantime shewed some anxiety at the shaking of his hand as he lifted the tankard , was sorry to see him indisposed , and hoped . his ale was not worse than it was
the night before . C .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1810, page 401, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2407/page/25/