ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Benjamin Church

(1734-1778)


Benjamin Church took his degree from Harvard College in 1754. He studied medicine and served as a naval surgeon before traveling to London for further study. He returned to Boston in 1759, where he was a stout Whig and defender of Wilkes, a member of the Massachusetts legislature, and the physician general of the Continental Army. Shortly after the Battle of Lexington, however, Church became a spy in service to the King; he was tried and convicted, though later released on account of ill health. After his house was ransacked by the mob his wife fled to England and Church himself was lost at sea.


TEXT RECORDS:

1761[Untitled, "Where thick-embow'ring shades."]

PUBLICATIONS:

The choice: a poem, after the manner of Mr. Pomfret. 1757.
Elegy on the times. 1765.
Liberty and property vindicated. 1765.
The times. A poem. 1765.
Elegy on the death of Jonathan Mayhew. 1766.
An address to a provincial bashaw ... by a son of liberty. 1769
An elegy to the memory of George Whitfield. 1770.
An oration delivered ... at the request of the inhabitants ... of Boston. 1773.