1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Gregory

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 78 (March, April 1808) 277.



12 March. George Gregory, D.D. F.S.A. domestic chaplain to the Bishop of Landaff, prebendary of St. Paul's, vicar of West Ham, lecturer of St. Giles, Cripplegate, and some time preacher at the Foundling Hospital; who, by his learning and industry, had acquired much celebrity. His first publication, a volume of Essays, historical and moral, 1785, was anonymous; but, being favourably received, he acknowledged them in a second edition. To a volume of Sermons, 1787, are prefixed Thoughts on the Composition and Delivery of a Sermon. In 1788 he published a Translation of Bishop Lowth's Lectures on the Poetry of the Hebrews, 2 vols. 8vo; a Life of Thomas Chatterton, with Criticisms on his Genius and Writings, and a concise View of the Controversy concerning Rowley's Poems, 1789, 8vo; a revised edition of Dr. Hawkesworth's Telemachus, with a new Life of Fenelon, 1795, in 2 vols, 4to; a Continuation of Hume's History of England, 1795, 8vo; Lessons, astronomical and philosophical, for the Instruction of British Youth, 1797, 12mo; The Elements of a polite Education, carefully selected from the Letters of Lord Chesterfield to his Son, 1801, 12mo. For many years he had been an active and zealous friend to the Royal Humane Society. He preached an excellent Sermon at their Anniversary in 1797 (LXVII. 660) on the prevention of Suicide; volunteered his services as a steward in 1805; and in 1807 gave the use of West Ham church, when Mr. Yates re-preached the Anniversary Sermon, noticed in p. 139. He excelled in a knowledge of Mechanicks; and was an extremely useful member of the several Committees of the Humane Society, which at various times have been appointed to determine the prizes awarded to the inventors of the best mode of preserving the lives of shipwrecked mariners. On the death of Dr. Kippis, he engaged with the Booksellers to proceed with the Biographica Britannica; but a variety of circumstances prevented its progress, till at length the sixth volume (to which Dr. Gregory had written a Preface) was unfortunately consumed (p. 99). He was for several years the conductor of the New Annual Register, on principles opposite to that published by Mr. Dodsley; which, during the administration of Mr. Addington, he had the address to change to a ministerial work; a circumstance by which, it is supposed, he obtained the vicarage of West Ham, where he has since resided, as a respectable parish priest, without any extraordinary exertion of literary talent beyond that of editing a new Cyclopedia; for which, by his original course of study, he was well qualified, and in which such articles as are original are entitled to commendation.