1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Jackson of Exeter

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 1:305-06.



A Musical Composer of eminence, residing in the City of Exeter. He published anonymously, in 1783, Thirty Letters on various Subjects, in two small octavo volumes; they were reprinted, in the year following, in two duodecimo volumes, with the author's name; and in the year 1795, in one volume, octavo, with considerable additions. These Letters are distinguishable by several singular Opinions, in matters of taste and science, particularly by an Eulogium of the genius of Quarles; but upon the whole they are maintained not without ability. In 1791, Mr. Jackson published, Observations on the Present State of Music in London, in an octavo pamphlet; which are a queer compound of spleen and ingenuity.