Richard Alfred Davenport, Esq. was born at Lambeth, in the county of Surry, January 18, 1777. It is from a publication entitled The Poetical Register, projected by him in the year 1800, and since annually continued, that Mr. Davenport seems principally to derive his consideration as a poet; and from this work are transcribed several productions that enrich the present Series. Formed by the study of our early poetical classics, the diction of this writer is peculiarly calculated for the expression of amatory feelings. He certainly displays, on all occasions, a sweetness and simplicity of style seldom discoverable in the compositions of the modern muse.
In 1800 Mr. Davenport married Miss Wheler, a very beautiful young lady, descended from families respectable for their antiquity and property. To this lady, his IANTHE, many of Mr. Davenport's poems are supposed to refer.