1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Duncombe

Nathan Drake, in Essays Illustrative of the Rambler (1809-10) 2:307-08.



The REV. JOHN DUNCOMBE, the only son of William, was born in 1729, and finished his education in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, of which he afterwards became fellow. He entered into orders in 1753; and, through the patronage of Archbishop Herring, and his successors in the primacy, obtained sufficient church preferment to secure his independency. He married in 1761 the daughter of Joseph Highmore, Esq. and devoted the residue of his life to literature and social leisure. His poems, of which the Feminead, published in 1754, is the best and most elaborate, are numerous. He composed likewise a variety of prose essays, some sermons, and some papers illustrative of Topographical Antiquities. He was the editor also of Letters by Mr. John Hughes, by the Earl of Corke, and by Archbishop Herring, forming three separate publications. He was a writer both in the World and Connoisseur; contributing to the former No. 36, a very rational invective on the folly of sacrificing rural pleasures to wine and cards. He was, in every respect, a truly amiable and useful man; and his death, in January 1786, was regretted by numerous friends.