1858 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Nathan Drake

Samuel Austin Allibone, in Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1858-71; 1882) 1:519.



Nathan Drake, M.D., 1766-1836, a native of York, England, and a descendant of the preceeding [Nathan Drake, Vicar of Sheffield], was educated at the University of Dublin. In 1792 he settled at Hadleigh, Suffolk, where, for the long term of forty-four years, he ministered to the health of his patients and the mental and moral welfare of his race.... We have been surprised and mortified to notice the shameful ignorance in America respecting the publications of this eminent writer. We remember on one occasion listening to an hour's dissertation on Shakspeare, from a well-known public lecturer, who confessed, when we recommended to him the study of Drake's Shakspeare and his Times, that he had never heard of such a book!