1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Travis

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 67 (April, May 1797) 351, 433.



24 April. At Hampstead, whither he had removed for the benefit of the air, after enduring a very short illness, the Rev. George Travis, archdeacon and prebendary of Chester, rector of Handley, in that county, vicar of Eastham, Essex; of whom some father particulars shall be given in our next....

The Rev. G. Travis was son of Mr. T. of Royton, in Lancashire. He was educated at Manchester school, under Mr. Purnell, and admitted a sizer in St. John's college, Cambridge, 1761, under Mr. Abbot. He took his degree of B.A. 1765, M.A. 1768. Among other branches of knowledge he is said 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 able antagonists, who exposed his want of critical acumen in every part of the controversy. Griesbach, Porson, Marsh, and Pappelbaum, convicted him, at every turn, of palpable misinformation, if not misrepresentation. 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. 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 translations 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. He was beloved and lamented by a very numerous circle of friends and acquaintance.