1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald

Robert Southey, in Specimens of Later English Poets (1807) 2:184.



THOMAS FITZGERALD was an usher at Westminster School, and edited the Martial and Terence in use there. He was Chaplain to the Duke of Dorset, to whom he had been Tutor; but the only church preferment he enjoyed was the Rectory of Wotton and Abinger, in Surrey, which was presented to him by Sir John Evelyn, Bart. in return for which he presented Sir John Evelyn with all the virtues set forth in the second specimen.

His Poetry seems to have been written easily and chearfully, and with that sort of spirit which now and then prompts Ushers at great Schools to produce something better than Botch-Verses. Fitzgerald died at his Rectory in 1752.