There is a paragraph in beginning of Thomas Hardy's "The Distracted Preacher":
But when those of the inhabitants who styled themselves of his connection became acquainted with him, they were rather pleased with the substitute than otherwise, though he had scarcely as yet acquired ballast of character sufficient to steady the consciences of the hundred-and-forty Methodists of pure blood who, at this time, lived in Nether-Moynton, and to give in addition supplementary support to the mixed race which went to church in the morning and chapel in the evening, or when there was a tea–as many as a hundred-and-ten people more, all told, and including the parish-clerk in the winter-time, when it was too dark for the vicar to observe who passed up the street at seven o’clock–which, to be just to him, he was never anxious to do.
My Questions are:
- What is the meaning of "...who styled themselves of his connection..."?
- what does this part of sentence refer to? "--as many as a hundred-and-ten people more, all told, and including the parish-clerk in the winter-time..."