1901 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hamilton Reynolds

Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892-1921) 3:124.



JOHN HAMILTON REYNOLDS (son of the head writing-mater at Christ's hospital). b. Shrewsbury 9 Sept. 1796; entered St. Paul's school March 1806; clerk in the Amicable insurance office Sergeant's inn; employed in the office of Francis Fladgate, solicitor 1818-20; went abroad 1820; solicitor at 24 Great Marlborough st. 1822-7, at 27 Golden sq. 1827-33, partner with James Rice 1825-7; wrote in the London Magazine under the signature of Edward Herbert until the end of 1824 and afterwards in the Edinburgh, Westminster and Retrospective Reviews; one of the proprietors of the Athenaeum to 1831; resided in the Isle of Wight about 1838 to death; assistant clerk at Newport of the Hampshire county court 1847 to death; was a great friend of J. Keats from 1816 and corresponded with him from 1817; brother in law of Thomas Hood who married Jane Reynolds; author of Safie, an eastern tale 1814; The Eden of imagination 1814; The Naiad, a tale with other poems 1816 anon.; One, two three, four, five 1819, a farce; Peter Bell, a lyrical ballad 1819, a burlesque, signed W. W., published in anticipation of Wordsworth's Peter Bell, hence termed by Shelley the ante-natal Peter; The fancy, a selection from the poetical remains of the late Peter Corcoran 1820; The genius of Florence and other poems, by John Hamilton 1821 (a pseudonym), a metrical version of Boccacio; Confounded foreigners 1838, a farce, Haymarket 6 Jany. 1838; author with Thomas Hood of Odes and addresses to great people 1815 anon. d. Node hill, Newport, Isle of Wight 15 Nov. 1852. J. Keats's Poetical works, ed. by H. B. Forman ii 255 iii 43 iv 29, 478 (1883); J. Keats's poetry and prose by H. B. Forman (1890) pp. 14, 197, the frontispiece is a portrait of J. H. Reynolds; Athenaeum 27 Nov. 1852 pp. 1272, 1296; John Francis, publisher of Athenaeum, i. 44, 326 (1888).