Knowles, James Sheridan

Knowles, James Sheridan, the celebrated modern dramatist of England, in later years a minister in the Baptist Church, was born at Cork, Ireland, in 1784, and early distinguished himself as a dramatic writer. About 1845 he began to entertain religious scruples about his connection with the stage, was finally converted, and in 1852 joined the Baptist Church and entered the ministry. He died Dec. 1, 1862, at Torquay, in Devonshire. Several of his sermons have been published, but they do not so greatly merit our notice as his exposition of the Protestant view on the Lord's Supper, which he defended in The Idol demolished by its own Priest (Lond. 1851, 12mo), an answer to cardinal Wiseman's lectures on transubstantiation. He also wrote The Rock of Rome, or the Arch Heresy (London, 1849, 1850, 1851). His dramatic works have been collected and published in 3 vols. sm. 8vo, in 1843 and since. See Allibone, Dict. Engl. and Am. Authors, vol. ii, s.v.; North Amer. Review, xl, 141 sq.; Chambers, Cyclop. s.v. (J. H. W.)

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