RICHARD ALFRED DAVENPORT. b. about 1777; author of New elegant extracts, 2nd series 12 vols. 1823-7; wrote some of the biographical notices and critical prefaces to Wittingham's British poets 100 vols. 1822; edited more than 100 vols. of miscellaneous works, including the Poetical Register 8 vols. 1802-11. d. from inadvertantly taking an overdose of opium at Brunwick cottage, Park st. Camberwell, London 25 Jany. 1852.