1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jabez Hughes

John Duncombe, in Letters of Eminent Persons (1772; 1773) 1:160n.



Younger brother of Mr. John Hughes, and, like him, a votary of the Muses, and an excellent scholar. He published, in 1714, a translation of The Rape of Proserpine, from Claudian, and The Story of Sextus and Erictho, from Lucan's Pharsalia, book vi. in 8vo. These translations, with notes, were reprinted in 12mo in 1723. He also published, in 1717, a translation of Suetonius's lives of the the twelve Caesars, and translated several novels form the Spanish of Cervantes, which are inserted in The select collection of novels and histories, printed for Watts, 1729. He died Jan. 17, 1731, in the 46th year of his age. A volume of his Miscellanies, in verse and prose, was published in 1737. His widow accompanied the lady of governor Byng to Barbadoes, and died there in 1740.