1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gen. John Burgoyne

Anonymous, in Catalogue of five hundred Celebrated Authors (1788).



A lieutenant general, and a privy counsellor of the kingdom of Ireland. This man, equally extraordinary in his abilities and engaging in his manners, is reputed to be the natural son of the late lord Bingley. He is one of those characters, who will perhaps be still more known in political history, than in the republic of letters. His first military service of importance was in the kingdom of Portugal, where he commanded in chief, and where he cultivated an intimate friendship with the late unfortunate general Charles Lee. General Burgoyne originally served as a volunteer against the American revolters; and the letters, which passed upon this occasion between him and general Lee, who was a volunteer in the American cause, have been particularly admired by their respective partizans. The unfortunate day of Saratoga is the principal point in Mr. Burgoyne's history; and, if he has been blamed by some, he has however shared the sympathy and esteem of all those, who were acquainted either with his personal excellencies, or with the merits of the business. Beside several essays of fugitive poetry, some dramatic pieces acted in America, and a narrative of the Saratoga expedition, Mr. Burgoyne is the reputed author of the Maid of the Oaks, a comedy; the Lord of the Manor, an opera; and he has published under his name the Heiress, a comedy. General Burgoyne is a friend of Mr. Fox; he is now considerably advanced in life, and is somewhat infirm with the gout.