[LETTER FROM REV. J. P. HEWES]
Brandon Times, January 5, 1882
Fairwater, Jan. 2, 1862. [sic]
ED TIMES...Feeling that a statement in last week's Times does injustice to some parties, I
ask room to make some explanations. When it is remembered that we have a church with less
than twenty working members and that the sourrounding country is populated largely with
foreigners and that not one-half of the Americans are church-going people, it will be seen
that the sustaining of even one minister is no small task. I believe that those who do
give for the maintenance of the gospel here give more proportionately than in most other
places. THE STARVED MINISTER.
Wherefore we rise to remark
that our item was not directed at the church, the members of which doubtlessly are doing
as well as they can, but the fact remains that the minister is inadequately paid, and the
English speaking part of the community ought to appreciate the advantages and benefit of
church priviliges enough to make matters different.
NOTE: The date printed at the top of the
letter reads 1862 and is a typographic error.