1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Whitehouse

Anonymous, Obituary in New Monthly Magazine NS 12 (November 1824) 521.



Oct. 1st, at Ramsgate, where he had gone a few days previously, for the benefit of his health, in the 68th year of his age, the Rev. John Whitehouse, formerly of St. John's college, Cambridge, rector of Orlingbury, county of Kent, and chaplain to his Royal Highness the Duke of York. Mr. W. made himself known to the literary world so long since as in the year 1792, when he published an Elegiac Ode to the Memory of Sir Joshua Reynolds, in which he delineated with considerable effect, in the true spirit of poetry, and with the enthusiasm of a lover of the art of painting, some of the principal works of that most celebrated artist. In 1794, he published volume of Odes, moral and descriptive; and not to mention several other minor poetical productions, including some beautiful translations from the German, Mr. W. in 1819, published a Tribute of Affection to the Memory of the late Mrs. E. S. F. Whitehouse, his wife: a poem which, with advantage to itself, may be compared with the most admired effusions of the same kind in our language, — with Littleton's celebrated Monody on the Death of his Lady, or with Hurdis's Tears of Affection. His last publication, in 1821, was a prose work, entitled The Kingdom of God on Earth, designed to give a practical view and illustration of the doctrine of the Millenium.