1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Whalley

William Cole, Collectanea for Athenae Cantabrigienses; in Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 4 (1816) 393-94.



"A Sermon preached before the House of Commons at St. Margarets, Winchester, on Wednesday, January 20, 1739-40. By J. W. D.D. Mr. of P.C. in C. and Chaplain in Ordinary to his Majesty." L. 4to. 1740. Heb. xi. 4. By it, he being dead, yet speaketh. Pages 22.

Mr. since Bishop, Warburton, in his Preface to Shakespeare, p. 26. thus alludes to Dr. Whalley:

"I remember to have heard of a very learned man, who had long since formed a design of giving a more correct edition of Spenser; and without doubt would have performed it well, but he was persuaded from his purpose by his friends, as beneath the dignity of a 'Professor of the occult sciences.' Yet these friends, I suppose, would have thought it would have added a lustre to his high station to have furnished out some dull northern chronicle, or dark Sibilline enigma."

Dr. Whalley died at his lodge, Monday, Dec. 12, 1748. He married a niece of Mrs. Newcombe, wife of Dr. Newcombe, Master of St. John's, and daughter of Archdeacon Squire of Wells; but had been engaged before to a person, with whom he broke off after he was made Master of Peterhouse. He was born at Barnwell near Cambridge, in his mother's way into Norfolk; by which means he became a Cambridgeshire man, and entitled to his Fellowship: but his father lived and had a small estate at Cosgrove in Northamptonshire, which his son now enjoys; as had Dr. Rye, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, of much the same value, and which his son now occupies there as a farmer. Dr. Whalley died much in debt, though he had an income of 1000 per annum. They blamed his wife, who scraped up all she could, and paid no body.