1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Felton

Samuel Egerton Brydges, "Dr. Henry Felton" Censura Literaria 3 (1807) 104-05.



Henry Felton, son of John, and grandson of Timothy Felton, of Felton in Northumberland, was born in London, 3 Feb. 1679, and educated at Oxford, where he became A.M. 1702, and B.D. 1709. He was domestic chaplain at Belvoir Castle, Co. Rutland, where he continued to act under three successive Dukes of Rutland; and addressed to the third of them, whilst Lord Roos, his celebrated Dissertation on Reading the Classics, and forming a just style, by which he continues to be known. He also published sermons at Lady Moyer's Lecture, 1738; and several single sermons.

In 1711 he was presented to the rectory of Whitwell in Derbyshire; took the degree of D.D. 1712, and in 1722 was admitted Principal of Edmund Hall, Oxf. In 1736 he was presented to the valuable living of Berwick in Elmet, Yorkshire; where he died 1 March, 1739, aet. 61. Gent. Mag. Vol. 63, p. 507.