1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Free

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 61 (October 1791) 966.



Dr. F. was a native of Oxford (born in July, 1711), father of that city, and senior Doctgor of the University, having been early entered at Christ Chruch, oxford, where he acted as chaplain, and proceeded M.A. in 1733. Thence he removed to Hartford College, and took the degrees of B.D. and D.D. 1744. In 1742 he was chosen lecturer of St. James, Garlickhithe. In 1747, being the vice-principal of St. Alban-hall, he was elected master of the grammar-school of St. Saviour, Southwark. He held the vicarage of Runconre, in Cheshire, 1750; was presented, by the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, to the vicarage of East Coker, co. Somerset, 1756; in 1768 was chosen lecturer of Newington in Surrey; and had also the Thursday lecture of St. Mary at Hill, which was founded by Sir J. Leman, bart.