1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. George Sewell

William Clarke and Robert Shelton Mackenzie, in The Georgian Era: Memoirs of the most eminent Persons who have flourished in Great Britain (1832-34) 3:519.



GEORGE SEWEL was born at Windsor, where his father held the office of treasurer and chapter clerk, about the year 1680. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge, where, being intended for the medical profession, he graduated B.M.; and, after having studied under Boerhaave, at Leyden, returned to London, and practised as a physician. In the latter part of his life, he removed to Hampstead, where he died, on the 8th of February, 1726, leaving behind the reputation of an ingenious writer, both in poetry and prose, which he had acquired by the publication of several works, from 1719 up to the time of his death. Of these may be mentioned his tragedy of Sir Walter Raleigh, and Epistles to Mr. Addison on the Death of Lord Halifax; and, among his prose works, A Life of John Philips; A Vindication of the English Stage; and Schism Destructive of the Government both in Church and State. He was also a contributor to the fifth volume of The Tatler, and the ninth of The Spectator; translated Mr. Addison's Latin poems, and portions of Ovid, Lucan, and Tibullus; and wrote a variety of political pamphlets, principally directed against the Bishop of Salisbury.