Augustus John Cuthbert Hare (13 March 1834 – 22 January 1903) was an English writer and raconteur. He was the youngest son of Francis George Hare of Herstmonceux, East Sussex, and Gresford, Flintshire, Wales, and nephew of Augustus William Hare and Julius Hare. Augustus Hare was born in Rome; later he was adopted by his aunt, the widow of Augustus Hare, and his parents renounced all further claim to him. His autobiography The Story of My Life details both a devotion to his adopted mother, Maria, and an intense unhappiness with his home education at Buckwell Place. He spent one year at Harrow School in 1847 but left due to ill health. In 1853, he matriculated at University College, Oxford, graduating in 1857 with a BA.
Augustus William Hare (17 November 1792 – 22 January 1834) was the son of Francis Hare-Naylor. He was the author of a history of Germany. He was sent by the widow of Sir William Jones, whose godson he was, to Winchester College, and New College, Oxford, in the latter of which he was for some time a tutor. Weak health prevented his especially distinguishing himself, but in 1810 he was elected to a vacancy at New College. With his school-friends he established one of the first Oxford debating clubs, The Attic Society, which supplied his chief interest at college.
In the last years of his undergraduate life, he offended the college authorities by an attempt to extinguish the privileges of founder’s kin at Winchester and New College, and he printed an attack, in the form of a letter to his friend George Martin, on the exceptional privilege which permitted New College men to graduate without public examinations. After a long absence in Italy, Hare returned to New College as a tutor in 1818. In June 1824 he published a defence of the Gospel narrative of the Resurrection, entitled A Layman’s Letters to the Authors of the “Trial of the Witnesses”. In 1825, he was ordained in Winchester College Chapel. With his brother Julius, Hare wrote Guesses at Truth, an “influential miscellany” of essays.
His failing health obliged them to go for the winter to Italy, where he died at Rome, 18 February 1834. The same year, his nephew and namesake, Augustus John Cuthbert Hare, was born. He was buried at the foot of the pyramid of Caius Cestius, in the old Protestant cemetery. His widow, who survived till 13 November 1870, went to live in the parish of her brother-in-law Julius, and is buried in Hurstmonceaux churchyard.
Words of Wisdom
Few persons have courage enough to appear as good as they are.