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OTHER EARLY RELIGIOUS LIFE


 

munity. A brilliant scholar, an artist, an historian, enriched by travel and gifted with an extraordinary command of language, his ease of delivery and his facility in dealing with any subject upon which he spoke commanded thought and attention. He took a lively part in many of the town's activities and appeared on many platforms. We never knew him to make use of notes, whatever his subject, and he was the most rapid speaker we ever heard, with a quick rapier thrust of sarcasm, when challenged by indecisive or illinformed criticisms.

His handwriting, based on old ecclesiastical MSS., was marvellously regular and well executed, although written quickly. He always wrote standing at a high table. Assertive and decisive he was easy of approach and to the sincere equally sincere. We have memories of many pleasant chats with him in his rather austere study.

He was generally liked and universally respected and the church grew rapidly under his pastorate. His willingness to share the results of his wide studies can be gleaned from the fact that he lectured at such different places as : the Men's Club, Howard Hall, the Wesley Guild, the Theosophlcal Society and for the League of Nations Union. In addition he conducted classes in French, German and Italian. He was also a student of Flemish and Syriac but he was uncom promisingly hostile to Esperanto. On January 20th, 1910, he presented the organ to St. Hugh's. His death, after a short illness and two operations, on February llth, 1923, created very general expressions of surprise and regret.

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