1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Mitford

Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892-1921) 2:909.



JOHN MITFORD (elder son of John Mitford, commander in the navy of H.E.I.Co., d. 18 May 1808). b. Richmond, Surrey 13 Aug. 1781; ed. at Tunbridge gr. sch. and Oriel coll. Oxf., B.A. 1804; C. of Kelsale, Suffolk 1809; V. of Benhall, Suffolk 17 Feb. 1810, reinstituted 5 Feb. 1824 held it to his death; domestic chaplain to lord Redesdale, Aug. 1815; R. of Weston St. Peter, Suffolk 22 Aug. 1815, R. of Stratford St. Andrew, Suffolk 1817, these livings were united 5 Feb. 1824 when he was reinstituted and held them till his death; contributed to Gent. Mag. from 1833, editor Jany. 1834 to Dec. 1850; composed numerous poems signed J. M.; edited The poems of Thomas Gray 1814, 7 ed. 1866; The works of Thomas Gray 2 vols 1816, 2 ed. 1836; edited for Pickering's Aldine edition of the British poets, Cowper 3 vols. 1830, 5 vols. 1832-3, Parnell 1833, Swift 3 vols. 1833-4, Young 2 vols. 1834, Prior 2 vols. 1835, Butler 2 vols. 1835, Gray 4 vols. 1835-36, Falconer 1836 and Spencer 5 vols. 1839; edited Sacred specimens selected from the early English poets 1827, and The works of Milton in prose and verse 8 vols. 1851; author of Agnes the Indian captive, with other poems 1811; Miscellaneous poems 1858. d. Benhall vicarage 27 April 1859. bur. Stratford St. Andrew. Mrs. Houstoun's Letters and reminiscences of the rev. John Mitford (1891); Mrs. Houstoun's Woman's memories, i 122-5, 178-204.

NOTE. — His collection of silver Greek coins, cameos and miniatures was sold by Sotheby and Wilkinson 30 June 1859; his engravings and drawings 23-25 July 1859; his Greek and Latin classics 17-24 Dec. 1859 for £1030; his library of English history, plays, and poetry manuscripts, including 55 vols. of his own recollections on 9 July 1860 producing £817.