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   From very early years it had been Mr. Swete's intention to enter Holy Orders. Immediately after taking his degree he prepared for the diaconate, and was ordained in December, 1858, by the Bishop of Bath and Wells to the curacy of Blagdon. The following account of his ordination, so touching in its simplicity, was written by Anne to his old nurse:

My Dear Grace,

I think you would like to have a view of the Cathedral in which Henry was ordained last Sunday, the 19th of December, 1858. My sister Martha and I went to Wells with him on Wednesday, and stayed unti yesterday. The Bishop's Examination lasted 2 days (Thursday and Friday) and on Saturday morning the Bishop[ after morning prayers in the Palace told the candidates the satisfaction he felt in their answers, he gave out Mr. Henry's name as the first amongst the Deacons for his distinguished answerings, and in consequence of this, he was /25/ selected according to custom to read the Gospel immediately