1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Travis

William Clarke and Robert Shelton Mackenzie, in The Georgian Era: Memoirs of the most eminent Persons who have flourished in Great Britain (1832-34) 1:511.



GEORGE TRAVIS, Archdeacon of Chester, a native of Royton, in Lancashire, was born about the year 1740, and completed his education at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he took the degrees of B.A. and M.A. After having been ordained deacon and priest, he obtained the vicarage of East Ham; he afterwards became a prebendary of Chester, and, finally, archdeacon of that diocese. In the fifty-second volume of the Gentleman's Magazine, he published several letters (which were afterwards printed separately, and went through two or three editions) in opposition to the statement made by Gibbon, "that the three witnesses (see John c. i. v. 7) had been established in our Greek Testaments by the prudence of Erasmus, the honest bigotry of the Complutensian editors, the typographical fraud or error of Robert Stephens, in placing a crochet, and the strange misapprehension, or deliberate falsehood, of Theodore Beza." A controvery ensued, in which Porson other eminent writers arrayed themselves against Travis, whose celebrity appears to have entirely arisen from the zeal which he displayed on this subject. He died on the 24th of February, 1797.