ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William King of Oxford

(1685-1763)


William King entered Balliol College in 1701 (B.C.L. 1715, D.C.L 1715); he was a member of Gray's Inn (1712), an advocate at Doctors' Commons (1716) and secretary to the Tory Duke of Ormond, Chancellor of the university. In 1719 King became principal of St. Mary Hall, a position he held until his death in 1763. His Jacobite principles made him a popular figure at Oxford. William King's daughter married William Melmoth, author of the Letters of Thomas Fitzosborne.


TEXT RECORDS:

1738Miltonis Epistola ad Pollionem.
1740Milton's Epistle to Pollio.
1740Scamnum, ecloga.

PUBLICATIONS:

An ode to Mira. 1730.
The toast: an epic poem in four books, written in Latin by Frederick Scheffer, done into English by Peregrine Odonald esq. 1732.
A letter from Mr. Lewis O Neil, to Peregrine O Donald esq. 1734.
The toast. An heroick poem. 1736.
Common sense: or the Englishman's journal [Contributor]. 1737.
Miltonis epistola ad Pollionem. 1738.
Sermo pedestris. 1739.
Scamnun: ecloga. 1740.
Templum libertatis. 1742-43.
Tres oratiunculae, habitae in domo convocationis oxon. 1744.
Epistola objugatoria. 1744.
A letter to a friend occasioned by Epistola objurgatoria. 1744.
Antonietti, ducis Corsorum, epistola ad Corsos de rege eligendo. 1744.
A proposal for publishing a poetical translation, both in Latin and English, of the reverend Mr. Tutor Bentham's Letter to a young gentleman of Oxford. 1749.
A poetical abridgment ... of the reverend Mr. Tutor Bentham's Letter. 1749.
Oratio in theatro Sheldonianon habita. 1749.
An answer to Dr. King's speech. 1750.
Elogium famae inserviens Jacci Etonensis, sive gigantis: or the praises of Jack of Eton, commonly called Jack the gian. 1750.
The dreamer. 1754.
Doctor King's apology: or vindication of himself from the several matters charged on him by the society of informers. 1755.
The last blow: or an unanswerable vindication of the socity of Exeter College. 1755.
Oratiuncula habita in domo convocationis oxon. 1757.
Aviti epistola ad Perillam, virginem Scotam. 1760.
Works. 1760.
Elogium [on John Taylor, oculist]. 1761.
H.S.E. Richardus Nash. 1761.
Political and literary anecdotes of his own times. 1818.