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Voices of Comfort

Voices of Comfort 1886 Thomas Vincent Fosbery


Voices of Comfort by Thomas Vincent Fosbery M.A.

First Edition 1886


Poems and Prose

About the Book

Fosbery is the editor of this book of devotional poems and prose. Dedication to Bishop Samuel Wilberforce who later became the Bishop of Winchester. On July 25th 1883, he writes:

“Today we have laid, in hallowed earth, the mortal remains of him, amongst our wise, and great, and good, was the wisest, the greatest, and the best.” At such a moment I cannot bring myself to remove from the Title Page of this Volume, words which associate my name, however unworthy, with his. Rather would I now dedicate this Book to his near and honoured memory, in grateful and loving remembrance of the close and unbroken friendship which bound us together for wellnigh forty years.”


A copy of this book was presented to Queen Elizabeth II, 16 February 2003, by an anonymous visitor to The Queen's Gallery.



Genre: Poems, Prose, Religion and Theology, Christianity - Fiction

Book Type: Green covered boards hard back book with glit lettering on spine. Out of Print and a Rare Volume.  

Publisher: Rivingtons, Waterloo Place London

Edition:  First edition 1886

Out of Print and only a few copies available online.

Size: 17cm x 10cm

Number of pages:  384 Pages + index and advertisements



Biography of Author: 

Thomas Vincent Fosbery M.A. was the Honourable Chaplain to the later Lord bishop of Winchester and sometimes Vicar of St Giles, Reading. He was born in Limerick, Ireland, 1807 and died in Bracknell, Berkshire, 1875. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin (BA 1830, MA 1847). He took Holy Orders (deacon 1831, priest 1832), serving a curacy at Etchilhampton, Wiltshire (1831-34). In 1832 he was living at Stert Cottage, Etchilhampton in the Vale of Pewsey, three miles from Devizes when his son George was born. He is listed in the Clergy Lists from 1841 onward as living at Westcliff House, Niton, west of Ventnor on the  Isle of Wight, but with no benefice. He became the incumbent of Sunningdale, Berkshire (1849-57) and vicar of St Giles, Reading (1857-70) before retiring to Bracknell. From 1862 he was Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, and from 1869 to 1873 he was Honorary Chaplain to Wilberforce.


There is a photograph of Thomas Vincent Fosbery in the National Portrait Gallery taken c1860s by Ghémar Frères.

Thomas’s son George was one of the first to receive the Victoria Cross. He is buried in Smallcombe cemetery near Bath.




Covers:  Green boards with gilt letting on the spine. Covers are showing signs of wear with some marks..  Scuffing and bumping to the outer edges. Marks on back cover. Creasing corner bottom left back cover.

Binding: Leaning but binding within is tight with occasional guttering showing through.

Spine: Wear to the edges. No sun fade.

Pages.  All pages complete. 4 pages of contents is loose in the book. Age related toning,  yellowing and some light spotting edges and to extreme outer edges. Guttering showing between front inside and rear inside covers and front and rear free end pages.  Overall pages are bright, tight and clean.

A good copy of the rarer book over one hundred and forty years old.

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