1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Mitford

Anonymous, in Biographical Dictionary of Living Authors (1816) 236.



REV. JOHN MITFORD, A.B. Vicar of Benhall, near Saxmundham, Suffolk. This gentleman is descended from an ancient family in the county of Northumberland, but he was born in London, where his father was engaged in the mercantile line, chiefly in the trade to China and the East Indies. The subject of the present article was educated under Dr. Knox, at Tunbridge School, and next at Oriel College, Oxford, where he stood candidate for the poetical prize, at the same time with Mr. Heber, whose piece, entitled Palestine, proved successful. At the proper age, our author entered into orders, and after serving three curacies, was presented to the living which he now holds, in 1810. Mr. Mitford, who is nearly related to Lord Redesdale, has published Agnes, the Indian Captive, a poem. sm. 8vo. 1811. — The Works of Thomas Gray, with his Life, 8vo. 1814. and from him we are to expect an edition of Statius.