Porteus was then the popular preacher of the Bishops. His manner was mild, but somewhat languid, and not always purified from original vulgarity. I knew him as a rector of Hunton, near Maidstone, when I was a little boy nine years old. He was then awkward, reserved, and somewhat pedantic in his manner and mien. Beattie, in letters published by Sir William Forbes, has described a visit paid to him at Hunton with much fondness.