1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Free

Stephen Jones, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1812) 1:257.



JOHN FREE D.D. was a copious writer on theology and politics; a very learned man; and a poet on various subjects, but of no great excellence on any. He is said, however, to have been a well-principled Englishman, the friend of his country, and a very good-natured man. His name obtains a place in this work on account of his being author of Jeptha. Orat. 12mo. 1757.

Of his good-nature, the worthy doctor once gave what our readers will, perhaps, think a whimsical instance; when in his very curious poem, called The Voluntary Exile, he made a notable apology for the celebrated Charles Churchill; particularly for his laying aside the clerical gown, and for his parting from his wife, and living with another woman.