In Hathern cemetery is the headstone for the Rev. Edward Thomas March Phillips. On July 24th 1859, Edward Thomas Vaughan, Rector of Harpendon and once Curate of Hathern preached a sermon to the parishioners of Hathern one week after the death of their much-loved Rector.  Towards the end of the sermon te Rev. Vaughan lists the character traits that made ETM Phillips the man he was - namely his thorough sincerity and truthfulness, his perfect and absolute disinterestedness, his Christian kindness and his very deep humility. Over his 50 years of service, the Rev Vaughan asks what effect has he had upon the village and its inhabitants, and they include improvements to the Church, Sunday Schools organised, creation of Parish and School Library and the "beautiful school" and the improved order and propriety of the village. You can read the sermon in full here.

Below also you can see an extract from a sermon preached on the same topic by Rev Vaughan in Werstminster Abbey in June 1861.

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