Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Cattermole, Richard

CATTERMOLE, RICHARD (1795?–1858), miscellaneous writer, was born about 1795, took orders, and was appointed secretary to the Royal Society of Literature at its first general meeting on 17 June 1823. This office he held till 1852. In 1825 he became connected with the church of St. Matthew, Brixton, Surrey. Here he laboured till 1832. Cattermole studied at Christ's College, Cambridge, and proceeded B.D. in 1831. He was finally appointed vicar of Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire. He died on 6 Dec. 1858 at Boulogne. He was married and had several children, who survived him. Cattermole assisted J. S. Spons in compiling his ‘Doctrine of the Church of Geneva’ (1st and 2nd ser. 1825–32). He was one of the editors of the ‘Sacred Classics, or Select Library of Divinity’ (30 vols. 1834–6), and probably edited ‘Gems of Sacred Poetry’ (1841). Besides a number of sermons, he also wrote the following works: 1. ‘Becket and other Poems,’ 1832. 2. ‘The Book of the Cartoons of Raphael,’ 1837. 3. ‘The Literature of the Church of England, indicated in Selections from the Writings of Eminent Divines,’ 2 vols. 1844. 4. ‘The Great Civil War,’ 1846 (previously published in two parts, issued in 1841 and 1855 respectively, with illustrations by the artist's brother, George Cattermole [q. v.]).

[Gent. Mag. January 1859, p. 99; Reports, &c. of Royal Society of Literature; Graduati Cantab. (Cambridge, 1884); Brit. Mus. Cat. Add. MSS. (1854–75); List in Index, p. 287.]

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