Friday, May 15, 2009

The Wit of the Irish Methodist - C.H. Kelly. A Case of Mistaken Identity

C.H. Kelly bore an uncanny resemblance to a couple of other ministers who were more prominent at the time. One of them was the Rev. Newman hall, pastor of Surrey Chapel, Lambeth, and later Christ Church, Westminster Bridge Road.
"It is well known that Mr. Newman Hall obtained a divorce from his wife. Soon after an effusive man rushed up to me at Blackfriars [station], 'Oh, I do congratulate you most heartily on your success in the court!' said he. I suppose he saw I was puzzled. 'I mean about your divorce!' Then he realised his mistake, apologized, and rushed off like a cannon-ball."
Mr. Kelly, of course, was happily married at the time!

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