A novel by A. Trollope, published in 1855, and the first in the ‘Barsetshire’ series.
The income of Hiram's Hospital, a charitable institution, has grown in real terms down the centuries, but the twelve old bedesmen have not benefited. The surplus has created a pleasant sinecure for the mild‐mannered old Warden, the Revd Septimus Harding, a fact which John Bold, a local surgeon with a passion for causes, makes known to the national press. Harding finds himself the object of unpleasant publicity, and his son‐in‐law, the combative Archdeacon Grantly, bullies him to dispute the case along party lines. But Harding with considerable personal courage resigns. The novel ends with Bold withdrawing his accusations and marrying the Warden's daughter Eleanor, and Harding receiving a new preferment in the Cathedral Close.
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Anthony Trollope (1815—1882) novelist