From The Memories of Dean Hole, 5th edn (1893) pp. 78–85. Samuel Reynolds Hole (1819–1904), Vicar of Caunton, 1850–87, and then Dean of Rochester, a cheerful and somewhat worldly cleric and a popular preacher, contributed to Punch and wrote widely on non-religious matters besides composing hymns and publishing his sermons. A familiar figure in society, he regarded it as ‘a great intellectual treat to meet … Thackeray and Millais, Holman Hunt and Tenniel … Mark Lemon and Shirley Brooks, and dear old Percival Leigh’, and he described Thackeray as being, from the first day they met, ‘my hearty, hospitable, beloved, and honoured friend’ — Letters of Dean Hole, ed. G. A. B. Dewar (1907) p. 29. On Thackeray’s invitation, he wrote verses for the Cornhill, and he contributed memories of him to Dr John Brown’s essay in Horae Subsecivae. ‘In the last years of his life,’ writes Ray, ‘Thackeray saw much of [Hole], than whom he had no more faithful admirer’ (LPP, iv, 174n), and Anny Thackeray said that her father had a great regard for him (Letters, p. 28).
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