It is pleasant to record that Oxford did not leave him without some knowledge of Scripture and even a slight prejudice in favour of Christianity, as anecdotes were left to prove. When up for his viva voce at Oxford he was asked to say a few words on Balaam’s death. He paused for a moment trying to remember any details of the holy man’s demise, and then in broken tones replied that the circumstances of Balaam’s death were so painful that he preferred not to refer to them.
(Shane Leslie, Memoir of John Edward Courtenay Bodley. London: Jonathan Cape, 1930, pp. 13–14).