In 1839, St. James acquired an Incumbent and Schoolmaster who met Anne’s high standards. His name was Rev.Thomas Fidler. As a faithful person, Anne was very involved in parish life and guidance. She writes with excitement of finding the ideal place for the Parsonage and its construction.
Mr. Wallis was the first “Trustee” of the Parish – a role today filled by Churchwardens in the Anglican tradition.
Anne could even be critical of her new recruits….
Mr. Wallis, too, appears to have been not sufficiently firm and explicit as to what could and could not be done. Mr. Fidler has indulged in some whims and extravagances which have made the expenses run up much faster than they should have done.