1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Granger

Anonymous, in "Oxford Almanacks" Gentleman's Magazine 61 (March 1791) 209.



A liberal and independent spirit, joined with candour and moderation, recommends the labours of Mr. Granger. He lived and died vicar of Shiplake, in Oxfordshire. The detached sermons he published have been spoken of as doing honour to his humanity and professional talents; but he does not appear to have sufficiently studied the fashionable doctrines of "Alliance between Church and State," or to have known how to make his faith subservient to the purposes of interest or ambition. He had nothing, therefore, in him to attract the notice of modern statesmen or modern prelates; and had his days, which were cut short by an apoplectic stroke, been extended to as great a length as those of the Patriarchs, he probably might not have risen to any higher status in the Church.