Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Meynell, Charles

MEYNELL, CHARLES, D.D. (1828–1882), catholic divine, born in 1828, was educated at Sedgley Park, Staffordshire, and at the English College, Rome. For many years he was professor of metaphysics at St. Mary's College, Oscott, and after being attached to the cathedral at Birmingham for a short time he was removed in 1873 to the small mission of Caverswall, North Staffordshire, where he died on 3 May 1882. He was the author of: 1. ‘The “Colenso” Controversy considered from the Catholic Standpoint; being five Letters about Dr. Colenso's work upon the Pentateuch, and the criticisms which it has called forth on either side,’ London, 1863, 8vo, written in conjunction with the Rev. James Spencer Northcote. 2. ‘Short Sermons on Doctrinal Subjects,’ 1866 (two editions). 3. ‘Padre Liberatore and the Ontologists: a Review,’ London [1868], 8vo. 4. ‘Proteus and Amadeus: a Correspondence. Edited by [Sir] Aubrey De Vere, London, 1878, 8vo; Meynell sustains the part of Amadeus, the assertor and defender of the God of natural reason in the face of modern infidel objections, while the part of Proteus was sustained by Mr. Wilfrid Blunt. 5. ‘Sermons for the Spring Quarter,’ London, 1883, 8vo, a posthumous publication, edited by Henry Ignatius Dudley Ryder of the Oratory, Birmingham.

[Tablet, 1882 i. 692, 753, 1883 i. 408; Notes and Queries, 8th ser. iv. 451.]

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