1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. George Sewell

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 345.



DR. GEORGE SEWELL, author of Sir Walter Raleigh, a tragedy; several papers in the fifth volume of the Tatler, and ninth of the Spectator; a life of John Philips; and some other things. There is something melancholy in this poor man's history. He was a physician at Hampstead, with very little practice, and chiefly subsisted on the invitations of the neighbouring gentlemen, to whom his amiable character made him acceptable; but at his death not a friend or relative came to commit his remains to the dust! He was buried in the meanest manner, under a hollow tree, that was once part of the boundary of the churchyard of Hampstead. No memorial was placed over his remains.