Froude, Richard Hurrell

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A leader of the oxford movement; b. Dartington, England, March 25, 1803; d. Dartington, Feb. 28, 1836. He was the eldest son of Robert Hurrell Froude, a vicar who became archdeacon of Totnes, and the brother of James Anthony Froude, a noted historian. He attended Oriel College, Oxford, where he was elected fellow (1826) and was ordained an Anglican priest (1829). At Oxford he came under the influence of John keble, who converted him to high church views. Froude was instrumental in bringing Keble and John Henry newman together, thus laying the foundations for the Oxford Movement. Froude contributed three tracts to the Tracts for the Times and several poems to the Lyra Apostolica (1836), but illness cut short his activities. The posthumous publication of his private papers, Remains (183839), revealed how far he had advanced toward a complete acceptance of Catholicism. Although he advocated clerical celibacy, was devoted to the Blessed Virgin and the saints, and was sharply critical of the Protestant Reformation, he still rejected Romanism at the time of his death.

Bibliography: Remains of the Late Reverend Richard Hurrell Froude, ed. j. h. newman and j. keble, 2 v. in 4 (London 183839). l. i. guiney, Hurrell Froude (London 1904).

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