Rev. Chauncy Hare Townshend


Chauncy Hare Townshend, the wealthy son of Henry Hare Townsend, was educated at Eton (1811-15) and Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. 1821, M.A. 1824) where he won a college prize for his "Jerusalem." He was ordained, though never took a living. He began corresponding with Robert Southey in 1816, and afterwards knew Wordsworth. Townsend spent much of his life living in Switzerland, where he collected art and coins. He was a close friend of Charles Dickens, who agreed to act as his literary executor. He altered the spelling of his name to "Townshend" in 1828.


1821Lines, composed during an early Morning Walk.


Jerusalem: a poem which obtained the Chancellor's Medal at the Cambridge commencement, July 1817. 1817.
Poems. 1821.
The weaver's boy, a tale; and other poems. 1825.
The reigning vice: a satirical essay in four books. 1827.
Facts in mesmerism, with reasons for a dispassionate inquiry into it. 1840.
A descriptive tour in Scotland. 1846.
Sermons in sonnets: with a text on the new year and other poems. 1851.
The burning of the Amazon. 1852.
Mesmerism proved true, and the Quarterly reviewer reviewed. 1854.
The three gates: In verse. 1859.
Religious opinions of the late reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend. 1869.