I believe the method observed by the famous Lord Falkland, in some of his writings, would not be an ill one for young divines: I was assured by an old person of quality who knew him well that when he doubted whether a word were perfectly intelligible or no, he used to consult one of his lady's chambermaids (not the waiting-woman, because it was possible she might be conversant in romances), and by her judgement was guided whether to receive or to reject it. And if that great person thought such a caution necessary in treatises offered to the learned world, it will be sure at least as proper in sermons, where the meanest hearer is supposed to be concerned, and where very often a lady's chambermaid may be allowed to equal half the congregation, both as to quality and understanding.
From A Letter to a young Gentleman lately entered into Holy Orders by Jonathan Swift (1721)
Prose Works ed. Herbert Davies et al. (1939-1968), ix. 65-6
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