The Rev. Mr Clarence Odgers, curate of the parish of Sawle with Grambler. Sawle Church was half a mile from the village of Sawle at the head of the track leading to the village. †Rev. Odgers, described by WG as a dessicated little man, was paid by the rector, who lived in Penzance, the sum of £40 a year. †On this he kept a wife, a cow and ten children.†
In the opening prologue of Ross Poldark, we are told that he had been the curate of Sawle for many years prior to the death of Joshua Poldark and officiated at his funeral and then the wedding of Francis and Elizabeth in November 1783. †He attended the wedding reception .... 'in a suit going green with constant wear and in a faded horse-hair wig, and he was constantly stretching out a hand, on which the dirt was ingrained and the nails broken, for another helping from some dish, while his jaws worked to be rid of what was still before him. †There was something rabbit-like in the quick furtive movements: nibble, nibble, before someone comes to frighten me away.'
It was around the end of 1794 that Rev. Mr Osborne Whitworth was installed at the vicarage, St Margaret's in Truro and shortly after acquiring the living of Sawle parish in addition to his own, making him the clerical superior of poor Rev. Odgers.
Tide was nearly full. Mist lay in a grey scarf along the line of the cliffs. .. and they walked home hand in hand through the slanting shadows of the new darkness.
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.