1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Granger

William Clarke and Robert Shelton Mackenzie, in The Georgian Era: Memoirs of the most eminent Persons who have flourished in Great Britain (1832-34) 3:536-37.



JAMES GRANGER was born about the year 1716; studied at Christchurch, Oxford; and, after having taken orders, was presented to the vicarage of Shiplake, Oxfordshire. Further preferment he neither obtained nor aspired to, if we may judge by the following passage ill the dedication to Horace Walpole of his Biographical History of England: — "My name and person," he says, "are known to few, as I had the good fortune to retire early to independence, obscurity, and content. My lot is indeed humble, so are my wishes." The history abovementioned, which was published, in four quarto volumes, in 1769, and has since gone through two or three editions in octavo, has been continued by the Rev. Mark Noble. The work was deservedly popular, though some very inconsiderable characters are swelled into undeserved importance as appendices, and some very poor engravings are amongst the heads that accompany the memoirs, which are, however, sketched with spirit, discrimination, and impartiality In 1772, Mr. Granger evidenced his humanity and eccentricity, by the publication of a sermon, entitled An Apology for the Brute Creation, dedicated to "T. B., as the severest exerciser of the lash, and most profane swearer he had known." On Sunday, the 14th of April, 1776, he was struck with apoplexy, whilst in the act of administering the sacrament, and died the following day. He is said to have left behind him a collection of fourteen thousand portraits.