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to the rectory of Raheny, co. Dublin, and in 1813 he also received from the crown the offer of the deanery of Ardagh, which he hesitated to accept, as the appointment would have involved the resignation of his fellowship; but on being appointed deputy professor of divinity, he resigned his fellowship in 1814, and was instituted to the deanery. In 1819 he succeeded Dr. Drought as professor of divinity. In 1823 he resigned the prebend of St. Michael's, and was presented by the dean and chapter to the rectory of St. Mary's, Dublin, which benefice he held until his death. He succeeded in effecting some considerable improvements in the divinity school over which he presided, and was a conscientious parochial minister. He died from a repeated attack of paralysis on 29 March 1829, and was buried, in the same grave with some members of his family, in the old churchyard of Donnybrook, near Dublin, where there is a brief inscription to his memory.
Graves was author of the following, besides separate sermons: 1. ‘An Essay on the Character of the Apostles and Evangelists,’ London, 1798; 2nd edition, improved, Dublin, 1820. 2. ‘Hints on a Plan for advancing Religious Education.’ 3. ‘Lectures on the four last Books of the Pentateuch,’ preached in the chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, 2 vols., London, 1807; 2nd edition, with large additions, 1815. 4. ‘The First Prælection delivered as Professor of Divinity by Richard Graves,’ 1815; 2nd edition, with additions, 1820. 5. ‘Select Scriptural Proofs of the Trinity, in four Discourses, with Notes and Illustrations,’ London, 1819. 6. ‘Calvinistic Predestination repugnant to the general tenor of Scripture; in a series of Discourses,’ London, 1825; 2nd edition, 1829. 7. ‘Sermons on Practical Subjects,’ London, 1830. His collected works have been published by his son, Richard Hastings Graves [q. v.], with a memoir, in four octavo volumes, Dublin, 1840. A younger son, Robert James Graves, is also separately noticed.[Memoir by Richard Hastings Graves, D.D.; Dublin University Calendars; Todd's Catalogue of Dublin Graduates; Cotton's Fasti Ecclesiæ Hibernicæ ii. 70, iii. 189–91; Blacker's Brief Sketches of Booterstown and Donnybrook, p. 39.]
GRAVES, RICHARD HASTINGS (1791–1877), theological writer, son of Richard Graves, dean of Ardagh [q. v.], by his wife Elizabeth Mary Drought, was born in 1791. He graduated B.A. at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1812, M.A. in 1818, and B.D. and D.D. in 1828. He took holy orders and became rector of Brigown in the diocese of Cloyne, being collated to a prebendal stall in 1832. He died on 25 Dec. 1877, aged 86. He prepared for the press, with a memoir, the complete edition of his father's works (1840). His other works were: 1. ‘The Homilies Reconsidered in a Letter to Dr. Jebb, Bishop of Limerick.’ 2. ‘The Arguments for Predestination and Necessity contrasted with the established principles of Philosophical Inquiry,’ 1829. 3. ‘Daniel's Great Period of Two Thousand and Three Hundred Days discovered and determined in a Dissertation,’ 1854. 4. ‘Apostolical Confession Overthrown,’ 1854. 5. ‘A Letter from a Protestant Clergyman to the Roman Catholic Inhabitants of his Parish on the “Letters Apostolic” of Pope Pius IX,’ 1855. 6. ‘The Terminal Synchronism of Daniel's Two Principal Periods,’ 1858. 7. ‘Comparative Analysis of the Three Seven-headed Ten-horned Symbols, … with Strictures on Faber's Napoleonic Theory and Elliott's Theory of an Eight-headed Beast,’ 1869. 8. ‘The Church of Ireland: English Menace Answered and Inthralment of the State Averted by Declining a Charter,’ 1870.[Preface to Graves's edition of the works of Dean Richard Graves (1840); Cotton's Fasti Eccl. Hib. i. 327; Brit. Mus. Cat.]