1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Gregory

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 1:225-27.



Rev. George Gregory, D.D. F.A.S., Domestic Chaplain to the Bishop of Landaff, and one of the Preachers at the Foundling Hospital. The learning and industry of this gentleman have procured him a very respectable eminence in the literary world. His first publication was an octavo volume of Essays, Historical and Moral: the first edition of which, published in 1785, he sent into the world without a name; but upon its favourable reception, he acknowledged them in a second. Although these Essays in point of elegance and polish, cannot be said to rank among the most finished productions of their kind which our language can show, they abound with a very considerable portion of good sense. In 1787, Dr. Gregory published a volume of Sermons, to which he prefixed some excellent Thoughts on the Composition and Delivery of a Sermon. His Sermons are ingenious and sufficiently elegant: but they appear sometimes to be without that solidity and strength, which should every characterise discourses of this nature. Soon after this, Dr. Gregory published a Translation of Bishop Lowth's Lectures on the Poetry of the Hebrews, in two volumes octavo: and a Life of Chatterton, in a small octavo volume. The latter of these performances has certainly added no new laurel to the brow of the biographer. Dr. Gregory's remaining productions are, An History of the Christian Church, in two volumes, which has been very well received: and a philosophical work of a popular kind, entitled The Economy of Nature, explained and illustrated on the principles of Modern Philosophy, in three octavo volumes. He has also published a valuable edition of Hawkesworth's Telemachus, in two volumes quarto; and written the Continuation, from the middle of the reign of George II. to a History of England, from the Revolution, to the commencement of the present Administration, written in continuation of Hume's History, in one volume octavo, which was left unfinished by the late Mrs. Catherine Macaulay Graham, and published in 1795. Dr. Gregory sometime ago, issued proposals for a History of England, in continuation of Hume, down to the present time, but no part of this work has hitherto appeared. He is supposed to have some concern in the conduct of the Critical Review, and is now preparing for publication, Memoirs of his own Life and Times; with an Appendix, containing Letters and Anecdotes of the most conspicuous Characters of the present Age.