1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Burnaby Greene

John Nichols, in Literary Anecdotes of the XVIII Century (1812-15) 8:89-90



This ingenious Writer was brother to Admiral Sir William Burnaby, who distinguished himself in the war of 1756, and to the wife of Alexander Bennett, Esq. sworn Clerk of the Exchequer; and half-brother to the late venerable Dr. Burnaby, of Greenwich, and Archdeacon of Leicester. He was nephew of Mr. Greene, an eminent brewer in Westminster, for whose fortune he changed his name, in addition to his own; but, from various events in the management of the business, to which he had never been brought up, he had contracted, in 1779, a very large debt, for which his stock and property was sold, and he retired to a lodging. His valuable library was sold by Christie. He had been admitted of Bene't College, Cambridge, 1755, under the private tuition of Dr. Sharpe. He was well known in the regions of Parnassus, by "An Imitation of the Tenth Epistle of the First Book of Horace, 1756;" "A Translation of Anacreon, 1768;" "Critical Essay, 1770," 8vo; a volume of "Poetical Essays of which the greater part had been published before separately). 1772," small 8vo; "A Translation of Pindar, 1778;" "Satires of Persius paraphrastically imitated, 1779," 8vo; "Substance of Political Debates on his Majesty's Speech on the Address and Amendment, Nov. 25, 1779," 8vo; "Ode inscribed to Leonard Smelt, Esq. 1780," 4to; a turgid Translation of "Apollonius Rhodius 1781;" his tract on "Madan's Thelyphthora, 1781," 8vo; "Strictures on the Cursory Observations an Rowley's Poems, 1782;" an "Ode to the Humane Society, 1784;" and many single poems and essays in the Gentleman's Magazine. In 1761, he married Miss Cartwright, of Kensington, a lady of merit and fortune, who died before him, leaving him three children, Anne, Pitt, and Emma; and died at Northlands, near Kensington, after a severe illness, March 1, 1788.