1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Howard

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. Sv.



This Gentleman was much more illustrious from his Birth and Family, than from the Brilliance of his Genius; being Brother to the Earl of Berkshire and to Sir Robert Howard, whom we shall have Occasion hereafter to mention. — Poetry was his Passion rather than his Talent; and, though he wrote many Plays and an Epic Poem, he gained no Reputation by any of them; but, on the contrary, only furnished Food for the Wits of that Time, who have treated him very severely; particularly the Earl of Rochester, in an Invective against his Comedy of The Six Days Adventure; and the Earl of Dorset, that "best good man with the worst-natured Muse," in a Copy of Verses addressed to him on his Poem of The British Princes.

Mr. Howard lived in King Charles II's reign; but the particular Dates either of his birth or Death do not stand on Record. — The dramatic pieces he has left behind him are the following:

1. Man of New-Market. C.

2. Six Day's Adventure. C.

3. Usurper. Trag.

4. Woman's Conquest. T. C.