1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Bramston

Alexander Chalmers, in General Biographical Dictionary (1812-17) 6:443.



JAMES BRAMSTON, vicar of Starting in Sussex. Of this gentleman we have only been able to discover that he was educated at Westminster-school, whence he was elected to Christ church, Oxford, in 1713, and took his degree of A.M. in that university, April 5, 1720. He died March 16, 1744. He wrote two excellent poetical satires, "The Art of Politics," in imitation of Horace's Art of Poetry, and "the Man of Taste," occasioned by Pope's Epistle on that subject; both in Dodsley's Collection, vol. 1.; and "The Crooked Sixpence, in imitation of Phillips's Splendid Shilling, inserted in the "Repository," vol. I. Dr. Warton objects to his "Man of Taste," that he has made his hero laugh at himself and his own follies. The satire, however, in other respects, is truly legitimate.