As schoolboy he was mainly distinguished for a love of dress and of athletics.
But he traced his first religious impressions to the American war fast day of , kept while he was at Eton. On going up to Cambridge in January he was still further influenced by finding that attendance at the holy communion was expected of him.
Simeon soon became known for his religious convictions; he sought to influence his friends, instructed his servants, and looked forward to the ministry as his calling. His scholarship at King's was duly succeeded by a fellowship January , and with this as his title Simeon was ordained deacon by the bishop of Ely on 26 May Shortly afterwards he made the acquaintance of John Venn, and through him of his father, Henry Venn [q.
In the following year he was ordained priest and graduated B. Simeon worked first in the parish of St.
Edward's, Cambridge, but the living of Holy Trinity, Cambridge, falling vacant, Simeon at his father's request was appointed to it. His first sermon here was preached on 4 Jan. The parishioners of Holy Trinity, who had wished for another incumbent, were at first hostile to Simeon, and his reputation for piety provoked unfavourable comment from the junior members of the university.
His parishioners locked up their pews, undergraduates disturbed the services; he was insulted in the streets; even his curates, though men of distinction like James Scholefield [q. In the meantime Simeon pursued his parish work with unflagging energy.
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