ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Jeffreys

(1678-1755)


The son of a musician, George Jeffreys attended Westminster School, the Middle Temple (1694), and Trinity College Cambridge (M.A. 1702; Fellow, 1701-09). He was secretary to the Bishop of Derry and a member of the household of his wealthy kinsman, the Duke of Chandos. Jeffreys composed the New Year's Ode for 1719 for Nicholas Rowe. An epistle from William Duncombe to George Jeffreys is reprinted in John Nichols's Select Collection (1780-84) 6:23-25.


TEXT RECORDS:

1710 ca.Horace. Book II. Ode IX.
1714A Pastoral.

PUBLICATIONS:

Edwin: a tragedy. 1724.
Merope: a tragedy [after Maffei]. 1731.
Father Francis and sister Constance: a poem from a story in the Spectator; and Chess: a poems translated into English from Vida. 1736.
Miscellanies in prose and verse. 1754.