1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Croxall

Stephen Jones, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1812) 1:100.



DR. SAMUEL CROXALL was the son of Samuel Croxall, rector of Hanworth, Middlesex, and vicar of Walton upon Thames, in Surry; in the last of which places our author was born. He received his early education at Eton school, and from thence was admitted to St. John's College, Cambridge, after which he entered into holy orders. Having a strong attachment to the Whig interest, he employed his pen in favour of that party, during the latter end of Queen Anne's reign. After he quitted the university, he was instituted to the living of Hampton, in Middlesex, and then to the united parishes of St. Mary Somerset, and St. Mary Mounthaw, in the city of London, both which he held to his death. He was also chancellor, prebendary, canon residentiary, and portionist, of the church of Hereford; and, in the year 1732, was made archdeacon of Salop, and chaplain in ordinary to the King. He obtained the living of Selleck, in Herefordshire, in February 1734, and died, at a very advanced age, the 13th of February 1752, having published (according to common opinion) one dramatic performance, as it is called, viz. The Fair Circassian. 4to. 1720.