A newly married couple went to buy a house in the country. Having seen
one they liked, they decided to buy it. When they had left the house, the
girl suddenly thought of something missing, and said to her husband "John,
I do not remember seeing a W.C. in the house". As he did not remember
seeing one either, they decided to write to someone in the neighbourhood.
As they new no one who lived close to the new house, they decided to write
to the vicar of the Parish, asking him if he would be good enough to look
at the house for them, and let them know where the W.C. was.
The Vicar (a man greatly interested in the working together of the Established
Church and the Free Churches) did not recognise the term - W.C., and naturally
thought the enquiry referred to the Wesleyan Church, and their surprise
can be imagined when they received the following letter:-
I regret the delay in answering your letter but the nearest W.C. in
the Parish is seven miles away from the house. This is rather unfortunate
if you are in the habit of going regularly, but you will be glad to know
that a good number of people take their lunch with them and make a day
of it. By the way, it is made to seat 300 and the Council have decided
to install plush seats to ensure great comfort. The last time my wife went
was some ten years ago, and she had to stand all the time. There are special
arrangements for young ladies presided over by the minister, who gives
them all the assistance in his power. The children all sit together, and
sing during the ceremonies. Hoping that the above information will be of
some use to you.
I remain etc., "
P. S. Hymn sheets are provided and are found hanging on the door.
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