60 TYLNEY HALL. deserved the title of ranters, not merely for tlie bombastic fustian which they uttered, or rather howled, but for the violent gesticulations and antics the body performed by way of accompa- niment. In these accomplishments the general dealer in question was eminently gifted, and like certain persons who keep private presses, for the pleasure of seeing themselves in pi'int, so Uriah founded a private chapel, partly that he might enjoy the gratification of lifting up his own voice in a pulpit; for whenever, to use a shop-term, he was out of ministers, he invariably supplied the deficiency in his own person. Indeed it was shrewdly suspected, as the cushion-thumpers became more frequently absent and for longer intervals, and as his sermons increased in length and unction, that Uriah contemplated a gradual retirement from business, and ultimate devotion of himself to what he called his vineyard. This event was looked forward to with considerable gratification by those who sat under him, amongst whom he had acquired the reputation of being a powerful instrument, a phrase particularly happy.
TYLNEY HALL. 61' in reference to Ids pliysical abilities, for with the voice of a Stentor, he liad the strength of a Milo, and when he bellowed, in the slang of his conventicle, about wrestling with the Evil One, he displayed a pair of long brawny aa'ms, and a broad chest, such as would have delighted that enthusiast in back-locks, in-locks, hanging- trippets, and Cornish hugs. Sir Thomas Parkyns, Baronet, of Bunny Park. Indeed it was said by some of the elders of the village, that Uriah, when a young man, had been a notorious wrestler and cudgel-player, although as P. P., the clerk of the parish, says in his autobiography, " he had now laid aside the carnal delights and pow^dered vanities of his youth, considering himself, as it were, a shred of the linen vestment of Aaron." In the opinion of his followers his ministry was blessed with abundant fruits, that is to say the walls of his conventicle sometimes rang again with the shrieks and groans and yells, and the wliole building shook and rattled with the frantic stamp- ing and jumping. The old men went crazy, the old women into fits, and the young men and maidens