ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Gardner

(1752-1823)


Edward Gardner of Bristol, friend of Thomas Chatterton and Edward Jenner, was a wine merchant at Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire. He had possession of about a dozen Chatterton manuscripts, five of which he printed in the European Magazine (1791). "Neither his verse nor his prose is without merit and the poorest of it is interesting because of the admiration it reveals for the poetry of Gray, Collins, Thomas Warton, and Bowles" R. D. Havens, "18th Century Sonnets" (1930) 77-78. Gardner used the pseudonym "Hortensius."


TEXT RECORDS:

1798Address to Stroud-Water. Written in a Grove near Wheatenhurst Church, Gloucestershire.
1798Elegy to my Cat.
1798Elegy written in a lingering Illness.
1798Sonnets.

PUBLICATIONS:

Liberty. A poem. 1776.
Miscellanies in prose and verse. 2 vols, 1798.
Reflections upon the evil effects of an increasing population [by Gardner?]. 1800.
Observations on the utility of inoculating for ... cow-pox [by Gardner?]. 1801.