1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Jeffreys

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1782) 1:253.



GEORGE JEFFREYS. Was the son of Christopher Jeffreys, of Weldron, in Northamptonshire, and nephew to James Lord Chandos. He was born in the year 1678, was educated at Westminster school under Dr. Busby, and admitted of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1694, where he took the degrees in arts. In 1701 he was elected fellow of his college, and presided in the philosophy schools as moderator in 1706. He was also sub-orator for Dr. Ayloffe; but not going into orders within eight years, as the statutes of Trinity College require, he quitted his fellowship in 1709. In the words of one of his contemporaries (the master, Dr. Walker), "he performed his exercised in the college and university with applause, which, with a genteel modest deportment, gained him much esteem." Though Mr. Jeffreys was called to the bar, he never practised the law; but after acting as secretary to Dr. Hartstonge, Bishop of Derry, at the latter end of Queen Anne's and the begining of King George the First's reign, spent most of the remainder of his life in the families of the last two Dukes of Chandos, his relations. He died on the 17th day of August 1755, aged seventy-seven years. He was the author of,

Edwin. T. 8vo. 1724.
Merope. T. 8vo. 1731.
The Triumph of Truth. An Oratorio.

These three dramatic performances are printed in a quarto volume of Miscellanies, published by Mr. Jeffreys in the year 1754.