1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 1:30-31.



A lady of an excellent genius, which she has condescendingly employed to the noblest ends, in exciting infancy to virtue, and maturer years to a love of freedom. She is sister to Dr. Aikin, and wife of the subject of the preceding article. The talents of this ingenious lady are well known, and have obtained for her productions, a very large allotment of well-merited reputation. When a maiden lady she published a thin quarto volume of Poems, which were received with uncommon applause. Among her subsequent works have been, a volume of Miscellanies, published in conjunction with her brother, and a collection of Devotional Thoughts, chiefly extracted from the Book of Job. After tuning her warbling lyre to notes seraphic, she deigned "to teach the young idea how to shoot," and to employ her talents in predisposing the infant mind by pious and virtuous impressions. Her remaining publications have been "The Hill of Science;" some spirited and judicious Remarks on Mr. Gilbert Wakefield's Enquiry into the Expediency and Propriety of public or social Worship; A political Sermon on a national Fast; An Epistle to Mr. Wilburforce on the Rejection of the Bill for abolishing the Slave Trade, in 1791; Sins of Government; Sins of the Nation; Evenings at Home; An Edition of Akenside's Pleasures of Imagination, with a critical Essay; Lessons for Children, and some other pieces of less importance.