1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard West

Anonymous, in Bell's Classical Arrangement of Fugitive Poetry (1789-97) 15:162.



Mr West, son to the Chancellor of Ireland of that name, and grandson to Bishop Burnet, was the intimate friend of Gray and Horace Walpole, now earl of Orford. Having received his education at Eton and Christ Church, he looked forward a while to the profession of Law, but at length declined the pursuit, partly from dislike, and partly from ill health. He died at Pope's, in the parish of Hatfield, of a consumption, June 1, 1742, in the 26th year of his age. His friend Gray, in both Latin and English, has pathetically lamented his loss.