1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 92 (September 1822) 283.



July 8. Supposed to have perished at sea, in a storm, somewhere off Via Reggia, on the coast of Italy, between Leghorn and the Gulf of Spezia, Percey Bysshe Shelley, Esq. He went out a sailing in a little schooner, in company with his friend Capt. Williams, son of Capt. John Williams, of the Hon. East India Company's Bengal Infantry, and lately exchanged from the 8th Light Dragoons to the 21st Fusileers. He had been to Pisa, and was returning to his country abode at Lerici. The boat has since been found capsized. Mr. Shelley was the eldest son of Sir Timothy Shelley, Bart, M.A. of University College, Oxford, of which Society his son was for a short time a member. He married a daughter of Mr. Godwin by the celebrated Mary Wolstonecraft, and was an intimate friend of Lord Byron and Mr. Leigh Hunt. The wives of Mr. Shelley and Capt. Williams were both at Leghorn overwhelmed with grief.

Mr. Shelley is unfortunately too well known for his infamous novels and poems. He openly professed himself an atheist. His works bear the following titles: "Prometheus Chained." "Alastor, or the Spirit of Solitude; and other Poems, 1816." "Queen Mab." "Cenci."

It has been stated that Mr. Shelley had gone to Pisa to establish a periodical work, with the assistance of Lord Byron and Mr. Leigh Hunt.