1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Travis

John Nichols, in Literary Anecdotes of the XVIII Century (1812-15) 9:78n.



The Rev. George Travis, a native of Royton in Lancashire, was elected at Manchester school, under Mr. Purnell, and admitted a sizar in St. John's College, Cambridge, 1761, under Mr. Abbot. He took his degree of B.A. 1765, M.A. 1768; and was Archdeacon and Prebendary of Chester; and Rector of Handley, and Vicar of East Ham, in that County. Though a Pluralist, and a man of respectable talents, Mr. Travis was remarkably affable, facetious, and pleasant. The universality of his genius was evinced by the various transactions in which he was concerned, and in all of which he excelled. In his manners, the gentleman and the scholar were gracefully and happily blended. Among other branches of knowledge he appears to have been familiarly acquainted with the Law of Tithes; but, turning his mind too eagerly to sacred criticism, he undertook to vindicate the controverted text, 1 John v. 7; and met with powerful antagonists in Griesbach, Porson, Marsh, and Pappelbaum. His labours, however, have proved not a little useful to the world, having excited a closer attention of learned men to the MSS. of Stephens, to the Valesian Readings, and the MS at Berlin, &c. relative to the authenticity of the present text of the Greek Testament. After a very short illness, he died at Hampstead, whither he had removed for the benefit of the air, Feb. 24, 1797.