1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Vicesimus Knox

Anonymous, "Anecdotes of Vicesimus Knox" European Magazine 2 (September 1782) 214.



The Reverend Vicesimus Knox was born in London in the year 1752. His father was a fellow of St. John's College, Oxford, where he also had the degree of D.D. and was appointed to be the master of Merchant Taylors' School, at which the present Mr. Knox studied, and from thence went to Oxford, where he made a great proficiency in classical learning. His exercises were remarked for their correctness and purity: his habits of life were recluse, and his addictions were chiefly to the prosecution of literary studies. They were not, however, solely confined to the dry pursuits of science, love had its influence on his mind; and he married the daughter of a bookseller at Tunbridge Wells. He is now settled at the school in Tunbridge Wells, to which, by his care, knowledge, and talents, he has given great celebrity.