1809 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Hole

Ann Katenkamp Merivale in "The Katenkampes" 1809 ca.?; Anna Wilhelmina Merivale, Family Memorials (1884) 99-100, 117.



My youngest Sister [Matilda] and Cousin had left school some time previous to my marriage, and had formed a pleasant addition to our family party at home. The former was at this time a very fine young woman, who joined to her personal attractions many very amiable qualities of mind. She had the good fortune to attract the regards of a very sensible and very worthy man, the only son of the learned and respectable Archdeacon Hole, from whom he afterwards inherited a fortune, which, when added to that which she possessed, and to the income arising from his two livings of Faringdon and Inwardleigh, placed them in an easy and affluent situation. This marriage took place in October 1776....

Mr. Hole died in May 1803, of a paralytic affection, supposed to have been brought on by extreme anxiety during a very dangerous illness of his two Daughters, who, with several Servants of the Family, narrowly escaped the fatal effects of a malignant and spotted Fever. He was an indulgent Husband and kind Father, and beyond his domestic circle he was highly esteemed for his literary talents and social accomplishments, but above all for his uniform gentleness of manners and simplicity of character, which so admirably accorded with his religious profession. His loss was in every respect a severe one to his Family, though he left them as to pecuniary circumstances very comfortably provided for.

The literary works published by your Uncle during his life-time were a poetical version of Macpherson's Fingal, a translation of Homer's Hymn to Ceres, also in verse, Prince Arthur, an epic Poem, Remarks on Sinbad's Travels in the Arabian Nights Entertainment, some detached pieces of Poetry published in a Collection of Poems by Gentlemen of Devon and Cornwall, and some prose Essays and other minor Compositions which found their way into different miscellaneous Publications. Since his death, the surviving members of a Club to which he belonged have, at their own expense, published his Remarks on the Travels of Ulysses, which he had some time before communicated to them at one of their meetings. [MS note in University of Michigan copy: "Mrs. Hole died in 1838.]