John Charles Chambers

(1817—1874) Church of England clergyman

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(1817–74), author of The Priest in Absolution (q.v.). Educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he was ordained deacon in 1842 to a curacy at Sedbergh, Cumbria. On his ordination as priest in 1846 he proceeded to Perth, where he worked till 1855. From 1856 till his death he was incumbent of St Mary's, Crown Street, and warden of the ‘House of Charity’, both in Soho. Here he was remarkably successful as a mission priest, working esp. among the ragged children in his cure. Besides various religious writings issued under his own name, he was the anonymous author of the celebrated Priest in Absolution (part 1, 1866; part 2, 1870). This work was compiled at the behest of the Society of the Holy Cross, of which Chambers was an early member.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

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