ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gerard Hamilton

(1729-1796)


William Hamilton Gerard was educated at Winchester and Oriel College Oxford; he studied at Lincoln's Inn (1744) before entering Parliament as member for Petersfield. He was a commissioner of trade, member of the Irish parliament, and chancellor for the Irish Exchequor (1763-84). Edmund Burke was at one time Hamilton's secretary, though Hamilton treated him shabbily. Johnson admired Hamilton's conversation, and Edmond Malone edited his posthumous Parliamentary Logick, which reprints his poems.


TEXT RECORDS:

1750Ode on Beauty. To *****
1750Ode to Sleep.
1750Ode to Taste.
1750Ode to the Right Honourable the Lady **** on the Death of her Son.
1786A Slight View of the Village and School of R—.

PUBLICATIONS:

Four odes. 1750.
The death of the thrush: a tale. 1780?
A slight view of the village and school of R—. In imitation of Gray's Eaton College. 1786?
Parliamentary Logick. 1808.