Men of the Time, eleventh edition/Hervey, The Hon. and Right Rev. Lord Arthur Charles
HERVEY, The Hon. and Right Rev. Lord Arthur Charles, D.D., Bishop of Bath and Wells, fourth son of Frederick William, fifth Earl and first Marquis of Bristol, and uncle to the present Marquis, was born Aug. 20, 1808, and educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he proceeded M.A. in 1830, being placed sixth in the first class in classics. Having held a country curacy for a year, in 1832 we find him appointed rector of Ickworth, Suffolk, a living in the gift of his father, to which was added, in 1883, the adjacent living of Homingsheath, in the same patronage. In 1862 he waa promoted to the archdeaconry of Sudbury; and in Nov. 1869 he was nominated by the Crown, on the recommendation of Mr. Gladstone, to the bishopric of Bath and Wells, vacant by the resignation of Lord Auckland. He was consecrated on Dec. 21 in Westminster Abbey, Dr. Temple being consecrated at the same time to the see of Exeter. His lordship is Visitor of Wadham College, Oxford. In addition to various single sermons and "charges" he has published:—"A Few Hints on Infant Baptism," 1838; "National Education in the Principles of the Church connected with the National Prosperity," 1838; "Thanksgiving Sermons for Indian Victories," 1846; "Sermons for the Sundays and Principal Holydays throughout the Year," 2 vols.. 1850; "Missionary Sermons," preached in Ely cathedral, 1851; "The Genealogies of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as contained in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, reconciled with each other, and with the Genealogy of the House of David, from Adam to the Close of the Canon of the Old Testament, and shown to be in Harmony with the True Chronology of the Times," 1853; "A Suggestion for Supplying the Literary, Scientific, and Mechanics' Institutes of Great Britain and Ireland with Lecturers from the Universities," 1855; "The Inspiration of Holy Scripture," five sermons preached before the University of Cambridge, 1856; "A Letter to the Rev. C. Wordsworth, D.D., on the Declaration of the Clergy on Marriage and Divorce," 1857; and "Increase of the Episcopate: A Letter to the Lord Bishop of Ely," 1866. He has been a contributor to Dr. Smith's "Dictionary of the Bible," and to the "Speaker's Commentary." At one time he was well known as an opponent of the High Church party, and his correspondence with Archdeacon Denison on the subject of symbolic observances in the celebration of the Holy Communion was published in 1871-2. He married, in 1839, Patience, daughter of Mr. John Singleton, and has had issue five sons and three daughters.