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1873 Bishop Samuel Wilberforce Death

1873 Bishop Samuel Wilberforce Death

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Fine lithographic engraving of Samuel Wilberforce "The Late Bishop of Winchester" (July 1873) reproduced in "The Graphic" as notification of his death on the 19th of that month. Samuel Wilbeforce, 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, as this image announces, in 1873. T.H. Huxley is said to have quipped cruelly in a letter to John Tyndall at the time, "For once, reality and his brain came into contact, and the result was fatal".

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