1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Hardinge

Anonymous, Obituary in New Monthly Magazine 5 (June 1816) 464.



At Presteigne, April 26, GEO. HARDINGE, esq. first justice of the counties of Brecon, Glamorgan, and Radnor, and attorney-general to the Queen, 71. He was the son of Nicholas H. esq. of Canbury House, Surrey, formerly clerk to the House of Commons — distinguished for his virtues and literary attainments; nephew to the late Earl, and cousin to Marquis Camden. He was educated at King's College, Cambridge; after which he entered at one of the inns of court, and became eminent as a counsel. He possessed a refined classical taste, brilliant wit, and the most powerful and varied eloquence, which he uniformly displayed in the charges delivered by him after his elevation to the bench. His benevolent temper and active philanthropy will long live in the recollection of his friends, and of the many who have been benefited by his zealous exertions. He was the author of the following tracts: — "Speech delivered at the Bar of the House of Lords against Mr. Fox's East India Bill, Dec. 16, 1783" — "Letters to Edmund Burke, in which are contained Inquiries into the constitutional existence of an impeachment against Mr. Hastings," 8vo. 1791 — "The Essence of Malone, or the Beauties of that fascinating writer extracted from his immortal work, entitled Some Account of the Life and Writings of John Dryden," 8vo. 1800 — "The Russian Chiefs, an ode," 4to. 1804.