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The Bishop of Meaih suffered from pleurisy and bronchitis. Early on Saturday morniDtr, 29th July, be rose from his bed and entered the adjoining dressing-room, and h.ving locked the door, he severed the uruiiea of his with a razor. A f<iw moments afterwards some members of his family returue-f to his bedroom, and fiachojr the door to his dre-sing-room closed, forced *ir open. Dr Buicher, who was etill conscious, made a motion witb bis imm) for wriiinj materials, aud, beinji aupplitt.i with a p ucil and paper, wrote tie' word " Mad." One of the symptoms ot the disease, and of which the Bishop hiroself complained, was a pres< ure of blood to tbe hea J. The instant reiitf and return of reason after the artery was severed aud biood escaped, together with the fact that on the mot'uing of the occurrence, and throughout bis entire illness, he was perfectly collected and hopeful, shows how audden and purely physical was the attack which temporarily deprived him of reason, aud how absolutely unpremeditated wus the nut. An inquest wus held, aud a verdict of temporary insanity while suffering from disease, returned in accordance with the facts. "Aieoof the Time" lurniahee tbe following account of the deceased prelate: — Butcber, the Most Rev Samuel, D.D,, Bishop of Meatb, second son of Vics-Admiral Butcher, born iti 1811, was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, of which he was elected Fell 'i w in 1837. He waa appointed a Professor of Ecclesiastical History in 1850, Regius Professor oi Divinity ia W52, and Bishop of Meet»i in 1866. He baa written "An Introductory

Lecture on the study of Ecclesiastical Literature, published in 1851; "Sermons on (he Crimean War," in 1854} "On the present state of the Romish Controversy in Ireland," in 1855; " On the relative Value of Divine and Human Knowledge," in 1857; "On the Conservative Character of the English Reformation," iu 1862; "Some Thoughts on the Supreme Authority of the Scriptures," in 1864; " Ordination Sermon in 1865; and " Two Sermons on Dr Pusey's * Eirenicon,'" in 1866. The diocese, including the Counties of Meath, Westmeath, King's County, and pans of Longford and Cavao, is of tbe annual value of £4,500. As Bishop of Meath, Dr Butcher borß the title of " Most Reverend."

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SUICIDE OF THE BISHOP OF MEATH., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XI, Issue 244, 5 October 1876

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SUICIDE OF THE BISHOP OF MEATH. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XI, Issue 244, 5 October 1876

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