1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hamilton Reid

Anonymous, in Biographical Dictionary of Living Authors (1816) 290-91.



WILLIAM HAMILTON REID, a literary adventurer, newspaper reporter, and teacher of languages, in the metropolis. He commenced his career about thirty years ago, as a poetical contributor to various magazines, and on the French revolution breaking out, he became a zealous advocate of the republican doctrines, with no small tinge of infidelity. After some time, however, he wavered, and, for a short space, was such a determined friend to orthodoxy, that the late Bishop of London, Dr. Porteus, it is said, offered him ordination, which he strangely enough declined. After editing for a little while a periodical work devoted exclusively to the support of the church establishment, he avowed himself an Unitarian, and printed a recantation of what he terms his old errors. This versatile character his published, with his name, the following pieces:

Miscellaneous Poems, 8vo. — The Rise and Dissolution of the Infidel Societies, in this Metropolis, 8vo. 1800. — Memoirs of Colonel Wardle, 12mo. 1809. — Beauties selected from the Writings of the late Dr. Paley, 12mo. 1810. — Memoirs of the late Dr. Paley, 12mo. 1810. — Memoirs of the Public Life of John Horne Tooke, Esq. 12mo. 1812.