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DAVIES , CHARLES NICE ( 1794 - 1842 ), Independent minister and college tutor ,

attained these offices after a most extraordinary career. Born in a church at Ghent , in 1794 , he was the son of an army sergeant ; the mother at least was Welsh . His father was killed the same year, and his mother m. another sergeant called Nice , whose surname the grateful stepson afterwards incorporated in his own. They were protégés of the duke of York , who got Nice a commission and made the boy (of 12) an ensign . Both went out ( 1808 ) to India , where the lad displayed a remarkable talent for learning languages . The step-father was killed, and the young man (now a lieutenant ) wounded, at Mysore in 1814 ; but he recovered to take part in the Peninsular War . Returning to England , he m., and took to religion; he began preaching in 1820 , and was minister at several places in England , including Hereford . In 1831 he became librarian of the Congregational Library , but in 1834 accepted the pastorate of Norwood . In 1839 he was appointed theological tutor of the Independent college at Brecon , where he d. 22 June 1842 .


  • The Congregational Magazine , 1842 .


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959