Source: Chaplains in the HEIC 1805 to 1835 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: HENRY HARPER was a native of Devon and was born in 1791. He matriculated at St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1809; migrated to Queen's College in 1811; and graduated B.A. from that college in 1813. On the nomination of the Rev. Charles Simeon he was appointed a Chaplain in 1814. After service at Chittoor, Secunderabad, and St. Thomas Mount, he went home in 1824, and took his M.A. degree at Cambridge. On his return to India he served at Bellary, Vizagapatam, and Black Town, and in 1831 was nominated by Archdeacon Robinson as Junior Presidency Chaplain at St. George s. In 1832 he acted as Archdeacon for six months during the absence of the Ven. T. Robinson. In 1836 he was appointed Archdeacon by Bishop Corrie of Madras. This appointment he held till 1846, when he returned home. From 1847 to 1856 he lived in retirement at Cambridge. He then accepted the Rectory of Elvedon in Suffolk, and there he died in 1865.