1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Headley

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 58 (November 1788) 1033.



15 November. At Norwich, aged 23, Mr. Henry Headley, late of Trinity Coll. Oxford. He was educated under Dr. Parr; and before the age of 20, published a volume of Poems, of very superior merit. But he is principally known to the literary world by two volumes of "Select Beauties of Ancient English Poetry, with Remarks," a work very much and deservedly esteemed; and which was so well received, that it was the intention of Mr. H. to have prosecuted his plan, and obliged the publick with some farther specimens of his accurate taste and judicious criticism. He was also a contributor to the "Olla Podrida," an acknowledgement of which is made in the Preface to that work; and for some years a very valuable correspondent of this Magazine, under the signature of T. C. O. — His superior excellence of disposition, and his exalted dignity and force of mind, rendered him the delight and admiration of his friends, and supported him with almost unexampled fortitude through the whole of a lingering and most harassing illness. To these qualification he united the most distinguished genius and abilities, a delicate and refined taste, a richness of imagination, and an extensive and well-directed reading, which promised the highest advantage and ornament to the literature of his country.