1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Belsham

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 45-46.



A writer of considerable reputation. He first published two anonymous octavo volumes of Essays Philosophical, Historical, and Literary: which display neither profundity or information, brilliancy of conception, or elegance of expression. He has since published Memoirs of the Kings of Great Britain of the House of Brunswick Lunenburgh: and Memoirs of the Reign of his present Majesty to the Session of Parliament ending A.D. 1793: both these performances have experienced a favorable reception. Mr. Belsham has likewise written several political pamphlets: as, Observations on the Test Laws, in 1791; an Historic Memoir on the French revolution, with Strictures on Mr. Burke's Reflections, published in 1791: An Examination of Mr. Burke's Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs: Remarks on the Nature and Necessity of a parliamentary Reform, published in 1793: and Remarks on the Bill for the better Support and Maintenance of the Poor, published in 1797.