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  • Mr. Warrington should have to sit down in the Temple dinner-ball, and cut at a shoulder of mutton, and drink small-beer out of tin pannikins, by the side of rough students who wore gowns like the parish-clerk.

    The Virginians

  • My good father performed his part with great applause, making the responses, as if he had been a practised parish-clerk; and giving the xxiiid psalm,

    Pamela

  • Oliver Giles, John Pitcher the dairyman, the parish-clerk, the engaged man of fifty, the row of young women against the wall, seemed lost in thought not of the gayest kind.

    Wessex Tales

  • At seven the shrill tweedle-dee of this youngster had begun, accompanied by a booming ground-bass from Elijah New, the parish-clerk, who had thoughtfully brought with him his favourite musical instrument, the serpent.

    Wessex Tales

  • Charley Jake the hedge-carpenter, Elijah New the parish-clerk, and

    Wessex Tales

  • Jeremy, and myself, all well armed and resolute, besides our three farm-servants, and the parish-clerk, and the shoemaker.

    Lorna Doone

  • Every parish church, you know, has a vestry-clerk and a parish-clerk.

    The Woman in White

  • “Events that occurred at Old Welmingham when your husband was parish-clerk at that place, and before the time when your daughter was born.”

    The Woman in White

  • Assembly has done no more than a parish-clerk, or an old woman with a primer, and "a twig whilom of small regard to see," would do better without its interference.

    A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Part III., 1794 Described in a Series of Letters from an English Lady: with General and Incidental Remarks on the French Character and Manners

  • Protest might with just as good a reason be presented to the church-warden for the time being, to the parish-clerk, or the pew-opener.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 72, October, 1863

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