1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Bidlake

Anonymous, "Appeal for John Bidlake" The Times (15 June 1813).



TO THE FRIENDS OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.

—The Rev. Dr. BIDLAKE, appointed to read the BAMPTON LECTURE, during the delivery of the third Discourse was seized with an affection of the Head, which terminated in Blindness. He is without any preferment, and has been obliged to give up the Curacy of Stonehouse, Devon, from which the principal part of his income was derived. It has been proposed to print a new edition of his Bampton Lecture, and the book will be ready for delivery in the course of a few months. In the mean time Dr. Bidlake's health has been much impaired, and it has pleased God to fill up the measure of his distress by an attack of Paralysis, which has recently seized him. Under these circumstances his demand for immediate assistance and support is become more urgent; and those persons who have expressed an intention of subscribing to the Work, and who have not yet paid their Subscription, are requested, if they think proper, to advance the same, for the benevolent purpose abovementioned. The attention of others is solicited to this distressful case; and those who feel disposed to assist a Clergyman who is the author of many useful Publications, and who is known to his immediate neighbours by a conscientious discharge of his Parochial duties, are requested to make their Donations to Messrs. Rivington, booksellers, St. Paul's Churchyard; Mr. Rees, bookseller, Pall-mall; or, to Mr. Hatchard, bookseller, Piccadilly. It is proposed in the first place, to relieve the immediate pressure occasioned by this uncommon calamity, and then to apply the remainder of the money subscribed, to the purchase of an annuity, to insure to Dr. Bidlake a comfortable maintenance for the rest of his life. A numerous and respectable List of Subscribers may be seen at either of the above places. If any Gentleman wishes to obtain farther information of this case, or of the character of Dr. Bidlake, he is referred to Dr. Cole, the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford.