1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Charles Hanbury Williams

Peter L. Courtier, in Lyre of Love (1806) 2:33.



This eccentric satirist, the freedom of whose censure no consideration could restrain, who was admired, feared, and detested, was son of John Hanbury, Esq. a South-Sea Director. After having represented the county of Monmouth, for several years, he was installed a Knight of the Bath, in October 1744. In 1749, he was appointed envoy extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the court of Berlin, at which he had officiated as minister during the three preceding years. Sir Charles afterwards represented the borough of Leominster in parliament, till his embassy to Russia, in 1754. Returning to England, in consequence of an ill state of health, he died on the 2d of November, 1759.

He possessed considerable abilities, both poetical and political. More is not justly to be affirmed in favour of him, who appears to have been the votary of dissipation; who delighted in gratifying his own feelings, at the expence of those of others; and who often wanted courage to encounter the resentment that his temerity had provoked.