1819-75; b. Devonshire, ed. Magdalene Coll., Cambridge, entering in 1838, grad (Classics, 1st Class & Snr. Optime); appt. Rector of Eversley, 1844-75, afterwards Canon of Chester, 1869-73, and Canon of Westminster, 1873-75; professor of history at Cambridge University, and private chaplain to Queen
Victoria; his works incl. Yeast, Alton Locke, Saints Tragedy, Hypatia and Westward Ho!, as well as hymns including My Fairest Child, I Have No Song to Give You; d. 23 Jan. 1875, in Eversely, Hampshire; occupies a place in Irish studies as a notorious exponent of the anti-Irish simian stereotype.
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Irish chimps: While staying at Markree Castle, Co. Sligo, he wrote: This place
is full of glory very lovely, and well kept up. But I am haunted
by the human chimpanzees I saw along that hundred miles of horrible country.
I dont believe they are at fault. I believe here are not only amny
more of them than of old, but that they are happier, better, more comfortably
fed and lodged under our rule than they ever were. But to see white chimpanzees
is dreadful; if they were black, one would not feel it so much,
but their skins, except where tanned by exposure, are as white as ours.
Tell Rose I will get her plants. (Letters and Memoirs, Vol. 2; cited
in John Wilson Foster, Nature and Nation in the Nineteenth Century,
in Foster & Helena C. G. Chesney, ed., Nature in Ireland: A Scientific
and Cultural History, Dublin: Lilliput 1997, p.435.)
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