He was the anti-Tractarian candidate in the election of the Professor of Poetry in 1841/2. The 'Oxford Movement' candidate to replace John Keble in that position was Isaac Williams. Slender as his credentials were for the post, Garbett won, in a politicised campaign run by Ashurst Turner Gilbert, Principal of Brasenose.
He was appointed Archdeacon of Chichester in 1851 and served until 1879.
- Christ, as Prophet, Priest, and King: being a Vindication of the Church of England from Theological Novelties (1842) Bampton Lectures
- De Rei Poeticae Idea (1843)
- De Re Critica Praelectiones Oxonii Habitae (1847)
- Diocesan Synods and Convocation (1852)
- From 1851 to 1879. He was parish priest of Clayton-cum-Keymer, Sussex from 1835 to his death. (Concise Dictionary of National Biography)
- From 1825 until 1836
- He used his book of Bampton lectures to attack the doctrine held by them on justification by faith.
- . Mr. Garbett's name had not been in the first instance suggested by any purely literary anxiety to provide for the discharge of the duties of the Poetry chair, Henry Parry Liddon's Life of Edward Bouverie Pusey Chapter XXVII .