1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Concanen

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 2:134.



This fellow and one of his countrymen came to England to seek their fortunes. They agreed to engage in a political controversy, and to determine sides by tossing up. The ministerial side fell to Concanen's lot, and he was made in consequence Attorney General in Jamaica. It should be added that he filled the office with the utmost integrity and honour. He published a volume of Poems, 1725, chiefly consisting of his own Pieces. Pope has conferred upon him a more lasting celebrity.