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Lighter Moments from the Notebook of Bishop Walsham How   By: (1853-)

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Lighter Moments from the Notebook of Bishop Walsham How is a delightful and engaging collection of anecdotes and stories that give readers a unique glimpse into the life and times of Bishop Walsham How. Written by his great-grandson, Frederick Douglas How, this book is a delightful tribute to a remarkable man and an essential addition to any history enthusiast’s collection.

The book weaves together Bishop How's personal notes, letters, and even diary entries, offering a rare and intimate perspective on his life as a Bishop in the Church of England during the late 19th century. What sets this collection apart is the inclusion of lighter moments – anecdotes and incidents that showcase Bishop How's sense of humor, wit, and overall warm personality.

One of the book's greatest strengths is Frederick Douglas How's ability to bring his great-grandfather to life through his vivid storytelling. The author's writing style is engaging, bridging the gap between historical documentation and lively storytelling. Each anecdote is presented in a concise and approachable manner, making it accessible to readers of all backgrounds.

It is evident that a great deal of research went into the creation of this book. The author demonstrates a deep knowledge of Bishop How's life and times, providing valuable context to each story. This attention to detail not only enriches the reading experience but also highlights the significance of Bishop How's contributions to the church and society.

From humorous encounters with fellow clergymen to amusing incidents during parochial visits, the book paints a vivid picture of Bishop How's personality and his ability to find joy and laughter in every situation. These lighter moments not only entertain readers but also offer a refreshing perspective on the life of a clergyman, typically associated with solemnity.

Another aspect that deserves commendation is the book's organization. The chapters are well-structured and flow seamlessly from one anecdote to the next. Additionally, the inclusion of relevant illustrations and photographs throughout enhances the reading experience, providing a visual representation of the people and places mentioned.

One minor drawback is that while the anecdotes are entertaining, some readers might crave a deeper analysis or reflection on the historical and social context surrounding Bishop How's life. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment and educational value of the book.

In conclusion, Lighter Moments from the Notebook of Bishop Walsham How is an engaging and enjoyable read for anyone interested in history, religion, or simply in need of a good laugh. Frederick Douglas How masterfully brings his great-grandfather to life through these lighthearted and often comical stories, making it a book that will be treasured by readers for years to come. Whether you are a fan of biographies, humor, or simply enjoy a good story, this book is a must-read.

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First Edition, March 1900 Reprinted, April 1900 Reprinted, May 1900








Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. London & Edinburgh


On Christmas Day, 1891, my father presented me with his collection of "Ecclesiastical Jottings," as he called them, having previously had them handsomely bound in red leather. When he put them into my hands he expressed a hope that I should some day make a little book of them. Up to the time of his death he made frequent additions to the collection, and I have now gathered most of his stories together in "a little book," according to his wishes.

To read them is to lose so much; yet that is all that one can do now. Half their humour seems to have gone with the sound of his voice, the merry twinkle of his eye, and his own delight in them.

I cannot help hoping that they may serve to brighten the odd minutes of some other lives spent, as his was, in many labours.

There are some people to whom apologies seem due.

First, to those to whom a large number of these stories are already familiar... Continue reading book >>

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