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Bishop Samuel Wilberforce of Oxford

Bishop Samuel Wilberforce of Oxford

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Fine lithographic engraving of Samuel Wilberforce (1846) Lord Bishop of Oxford by George Richmond, engraved by Henry Robinson and published by J. Hogarth, London. Samuel Wilberforce, son of William Wilberforce. He was later called 'Soapy Sam' for his habit of wringing his hands while debating. He was an eloquent church member with an interest in science. He was a confident of Sir Richard Owen, and in this capacity he stood against T.H. Huxley in the famous 'Oxford Debate' of 1860. Wilberforce died in a fall from his horse in 1873 and Huxley is said to have quipped too cruelly in a letter to John Tyndall, "For once, reality and his brain came into contact, and the result was fatal".

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