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‘Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one. There is nothing
– nothing whatever, mind – in the work which is expected of us which need in any way
be galling or lowering to a gentleman and a man of honour: Doubtless the smaller your
charge the greater will be the detail and petty worries; but our power for good or evil
in the world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous. You may do much, very much, to
make hundreds of people of all grades prosperous and contented, or the reverse. When
I compare my work with the work of most professional men I envy very few, if any, of
them. I thank God that I am what I am. And if you are a lover of nature as well as of
your work; if every bird and beast of the field, every flower of the hedgerow, every change
of the developing season, every geological change of your charge, and all that such a
change brings with it, have an interest for you, and if your barometer, thermometer and
rain-gauge record have the same; if you are blessed (great blessing) with a cheery manner
and a faculty of settling people at their ease and drawing them out; if you can throw
off the vexations of your life as a duck does the water from its back, and if you have a
receptiveness for all that is original and humorous, how can your life ever be dull? How
can it be otherwise than full of interest, and therefore of happiness? But far and away
above any satisfaction of this kind – above every satisfaction which you can experience
– is the inward knowledge that you can look the whole world in the face and say that
you have done your duty, and something more than your duty.’
Robert Hartley Lipscomb
Steward, 1865 to 1892
Rolle Estate
(predecessor to Clinton Devon Estates)
Our approach has been consistent for many generations. In the late 1800s, Robert
Lipscomb, Steward of the Rolle Estate wrote:
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