1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Newcomb

John Nichols, in Select Collection of Poems with Notes Biographical and Historical (1780-82) 4:355-56.



I now find that the Bibliotheca was the production of another writer. Instead of King, therefore, read Newcomb, to all the notes. — Thomas Newcomb, M.A. (son of a worthy clergyman in Herefordshire, and great-grandson by his mother's side to the famous Spenser) was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford; and was chaplain to the second duke of Richmond, and rector of Stopham in Sussex, near his Grace's seat. — Besides the Bibliotheca, he was author of several poems of merit; particularly of The last Judgement of Men and Angels, a poem in twelve books, after the manner of Milton, 1723, folio, adorned with a fine mezatinto portrait; of a poem, which Jacob commends, To her late Majesty Queen Anne, upon the Peace of Utrecht; An Ode to the Memory of Mr. Rowe; and another, to the memory of the Countess of Berkeley. He also translated several of Addison's Latin poems; and Philips's Ode to Mr. St. John, English Poets, vol. XXI. p. 29.