1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Lawrence Hynes Halloran

Anonymous, "Dr. Halloran" A New Biographical Dictionary of 3000 Cotemporary Public Characters (1825) 2:295-96.



This gentleman, who is a native of Ireland, seems to have been doomed to what is called fishing in troubled waters. He was formerly master of Alpheston Academy, near Exeter; afterwards chaplain in the navy; and, in that capacity, he was on board the Britannia, one of the flagships at the battle of Trafalgar.

Before he embarked in the navy he had published, "Odes, Poems, and Translations, 1790," "ode on the Visit of their Majesties to Exeter, 1791;" and "The Female Volunteer, a drama, 1800." On his return he published Sermons which he preached on-board the Britannia after the battle; also, "The Battle of Trafalgar, a poem." He was soon after appointed rector of the grammar school at the Cape of Good Hope and chaplain to the forces in Southern Africa. There he was so imprudent as to interfere much in a duel between two officers; and, when the affair was brought before a court martial, it appeared that he wrote the defence of one of the parties. This conduct highly offended General Grey, the commander-in-chief, who ordered his removal to an out-post called Simon's Town. The doctor, not choosing to quit an establishment for education which he had formed at the Cape, resigned his office of chaplain, and gave vent to his anger in two severe poems. He also published "Proceedings, including Original Correspondence at the Cape of Good Hope, in a criminal process instituted against the author for a libel, at the suit of the Hon. Governor George Grey, by order of the Lord Caledon, 1811." In this he assigns his reasons for quitting the Cape of Good Hope. How he employed his time for some years we know not; but, in 1818, he was tried and convicted on a most extraordinary charge, that of forging a frank; and he was transported for the same, notwithstanding many efforts were made to obtain a remission of his sentence. The severity which was exercised against him, seems to be so far beyond what his fault deserved, that his case excited general public sympathy. Since his arrival in New Holland, he has established a magazine, and produced some other literary works.