1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Vicesimus Knox

Anonymous, in Biographical Dictionary of Living Authors (1816) 192



This literary veteran was born in London, in 1752. His father, who was master of Merchant Taylor's School, had been a Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford, where he is entered under the name of Vicesimus Knock. B.C.L. Oct. 19, 1753, but what occasioned the change in the spelling we are not informed. The son received his education under his parent, after which he removed to the same college, on an exhibition, obtained a fellowship, and took the degree of M.A. in 1779. By the interest of his father he obtained the mastership of Tunbridge School, where he married the daughter of a respectable bookseller, and discharged the duties of his situation with honor till the year 1812, when he resigned in favor of his son, the Rev. Thomas Knox, A.M. of Brazenose College, Oxford. The degree of Doctor in Divinity was communicated to our author by an American University, at the solicitation, we believe, of the late Charles Dilly, the bookseller. The works of Dr. Knox are [list omitted].