1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Rushton

Anonymous, Obituary in Monthly Magazine 38 (January 1815) 576.



At Liverpool, Mr. Edward Rushton, an eminent bookseller, and a man of considerable literary talents; for many years he had the misfortune to be blind, but by the skill of the late Mr. Gibson he so far recovered his sight as to be able to distinguish passing objects, and to walk through the crowded streets of Liverpool. He was the author of the well-known song, "Then O! protect the hardy Tar," and an undaunted advocate of liberty, truth, and humanity. In his works we are irresistibly led to sympathise with the sorrows of the wretched Africans, or the impressed victim of our own wars. His sentiments were never better supported than by his own private conduct, and it was in his domestic circle and friendly relations that the sincerity of them was exemplified.