HAWEIS, Hugh Reginald. 15430



Autograph Letter Signed, about a Mrs. Goething, concluding that “she was a kind of person who could never be set up & that she would go on living by begging”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches. Together with a fine cabinet photo portrait of Haweis in academic dress, signed by him (1900). Queens House, Cheyne Walk, 6 May 1893. Hugh Reginald Haweis (1838 – 1901), cleric and writer. He travelled in Italy and served under Garibaldi in 1860. On his return to England he was ordained and held various curacies in London, becoming in 1866 incumbent of St James’s, Marylebone. His unconventional methods of conducting the service, combined with his dwarfish figure and lively manner, soon attracted crowded congregations. He was much interested in music, and wrote books on violins and church bells, besides contributing an article to the 9th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica on “bell”. His best-known book was Music and Morals (1871), which went through sixteen editions before the end of the century, and he was for a time from 1868 editor of Cassell’s Magazine. He also wrote the five-volume Christ and Christianity, a popular church history (1886–1887), as well as Travel and Talk (1896) and similar chatty and entertaining books. His book My Musical Life offers a biographical tour through his career and his spiritual leanings in music, tracing his awakening to music, his interest in the Cremonese violin makers and in Paganini, an exposition of The Ring of the Nibelungen, Parsifal, Lohengrin and Tannhäuser, and anecdotes of his meetings with Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. For some years after D. G. Rossetti’s death in 1882 Haweis occupied the poet’s house in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea.