This chapter reviews the life and career of Samuel Horsley. He was outstandingly able and effective, but displayed to the world many of the more unpleasant qualities that attend success — a rough-tough fighting manner characteristic of the middle classes rather than a cultivated aristocracy, a sarcastic wit, and a tendency to talk down to audiences as if they were his students. In private, however, he was a sensitive plant, emotionally dependent on diminishing home support and beset by a run of financial embarrassments, which, by his death, brought his affairs to such a state that, as his domestic chaplain, William Jocelyn Palmer, explained, ‘there remained nothing which he could call his own’.
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