1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Beilby Porteus

Robert Chambers, in Cyclopaedia of English Literature (1844; 1850) 2:654.



DR. BEILBY PORTEUS, bishop of London (1731-1808), was a popular dignitary of the Church, author of a variety of sermons and tracts connected with church-discipline. He distinguished himself at college by a prize poem "On Death," which has been often reprinted; it is but a feeble transcript of Blair's "Grave." Dr. Porteus warmly befriended Beattie the poet (whom he wished to take orders in the Church of England) and is said to have assisted Hannah More in her novel of Coelebs.