1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Peter L. Courtier

Peter L. Courtier, in Lyre of Love (1806) 2:149.



The subject of this memoir, born in London on the 29th of February 1776, is descended from the family of Le Couteur, a branch of which was long settled in the island of Guernsey. Here was born the father of the poet, who, on establishing himself in the Metropolis, assumed the name of Courtier; to avoid, as he imagined, the inconvenient circumstance of being considered a foreigner. After frequenting a day-school in that neighbourhood, Mr. C. was placed under the tuition of the Rev. Morgan Jones, a learned Baptist, who resided on the Upper-Mall at Hammersmith, where he kept, during many years, an extensive and respectable academy. Contrary to his inclination, which, it is understood, would have directed him to the pulpit, being compelled to embark in commercial pursuits, Mr. C. preferred, as connected with learning, the occupation of bookselling, to which he very reluctantly devoted five years of his life; but from which he escaped, at the age of twenty-two, and enlisted himself under the banners of literature. His works, chiefly poetical, have been flatteringly received; his principal poem, the Pleasures of Solitude, having experienced the particular approbation of several eminent judges of poetical talent. He is also reported to be author of anonymous compositions in criticism, politics, and biography. He has recently published a new volume of Poems, which, though of a miscellaneous character, is generally amatory.

Mr. Courtier married, a few years since, the lady distinguished as MYRTILLA, in several of his early poetical effusions.