ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Hardinge

(1743-1816)


The third son of Nicholas Hardinge, clerk of the House of Commons, George Hardinge attended Eton College (1753-60), Trinity College Cambridge (M.A. by mandate 1769) and the Middle Temple (1764). He was solicitor general (1782), member of Parliament for Old Sarum (1784-1802 — a sometimes ally of Edmund Burke), attorney-general to Queen Charlotte (1794) and senior justice of Brecon, Glamorgan (1787-1816). He was F.S.A. (1769), F.R.S. (1788). Byron refers to Hardinge as the "waggish Welsh Judge."


TEXT RECORDS:

1782Rowley and Chatterton in the Shades [Spenserian Stanzas].
1782Rowley and Chatterton in the Shades.
1782To the Dygne Reader, with this Discoursing Interlude.
1792Sonnet. Written in 1792, at Rennie in Ireland, where Spenser had an Estate, and resided.
1799The Editor, the Bookseller, and the Critic. An Eclogue.
1800 ca.An Elegy, in imitation of Gray.
1805 ca.Address intended for a Meeting of the Literary Fund.

PUBLICATIONS:

Rowley and Chatterton in the shades. 1782.
The defence of T. Rumbold, stated by his counsel. 1783.
A series of letters to Rt. Hon. Edmund Burke. 1791.
Chalmeriana: or a collection of papers ... occasioned by reading a late ... apology for the believers in the Shakespeare papers. 1800.
The editor, the booksellers, and the critic, an eclogue from No. XII of a collection of papers entitled Chalmeriana. 1800.
Essence of Malone. 1800.
Another essence of Malone. 1801.
The filial tribute. 1807.
To Charles Manning, Esq. [An elegy]. 1808.
The Russian chiefs, an ode. 1813.
Biographical anecdotes of Daniel Wray. 1816.
Biographical memoirs of the Rev. Sneyd Davies, D.D. 1816.
Miscellaneous works in prose and verse, ed. John Nichols. 3 vols, 1818.
Poems, Latin, Greek, and English, collected and revised by George Hardinge, Esq. 1818.