Henry Cadwallader Adams was born in London, where his father was a judge. The family had roots in the landowning Warwickshire gentry, and Adams's childhood was materially comfortable. He was educated at Winchester public school, whose history he later wrote. After graduating from Oxford, where he took a first-class degree in classics, he was ordained in 1846 and served as a clergyman in Berkshire until 1878, later moving to a living in Sussex. He also taught in various schools, and was a prolific producer of stories for boys.
We have available about twenty of them. Here is his Schoolboy Honour from 1861. Schoolboy Honour