The son of a Cumberland clergyman, John Dalton entered Queen's College Oxford in 1725 (B.A. 1730, M.A. 1734, Fellow 1741, D.D. 1750). He was patronized by the countess of Hertford. Dalton was Canon of Worcester 1748 and Rector of St. Mary Hill, London. He composed much occasional verse, though best known for his frequently reprinted adaptation of Comus (1738).
An epistle to a young nobleman from his praeceptor. 1736
Comus, a mask; now adapted to the stage. 1738.
Two epistles. 1745.
Two sermons preached before the University of Oxford. 1745.
The religious use of the visitation of sickness, recommended in a sermon. 1746.
A sermon preached before the University of Oxford. 1747.
A sermon preached ... before the governors of the Middlesex hospital. 1751.
Remarks on XII historical designs of Raphael. 1752.
A descriptive poem, addressed to two ladies. 1755.