Rev. Francis Hoyland

John Mitford, in Correspondence of Thomas Gray and William Mason, ed. John Mitford (1853) 452-53n.

This was the Francis Hoyland whose Poems were published in 1763, 4to. and subsequently reprinted, with much alteration, in his edition of the English Poets, 1808, by Mr. Thomas Parke (Poetical Works of the Rev. Mr. Hoyland, collated with the best editions). Horace Walpole, in a letter to Mason, of May, 1769, says, "When I see Mr. Stonhewer I will know if he will choose another edition of poor Mr. Hoyland's Poems. I doubt not, as when he sent for the last twenty he said he believed he could get them off. I gladly adopt your correction, but I cannot further your own goodness. It is to you, Sir, Mr. Hoyland owes everything." See also Mason's letter, p. 8. The edition from the Strawberry Hill Press of Hoyland's Poems was printed in 1769. In 1783 appeared Odes by the Rev. F. Hoyland, Edinb. 4to, with the following motto in the title-page:—

Saepe manus demens, studiis irata sibique
Misit in arsuros carmina nostra focos.
Atque ita de multis quoniam non multa supersunt,
Cum venia, facito, quisquis es, ista legi.

This edition contains four Odes. 1. From the French of Fenelon. 2. The Dove. 3. An Autumnal Ode. And Ode Four, the Ode to the Guardian Angel, much altered from the edition of 1763, in the Strawberry Hill edition, 1769. Rural Happiness, an Elegy in the first edition, is called an Ode in that of 1769.

In the edition of his poems, 1822, is a brief Memoir by R. A. Davenport. From this we learn that Hoyland was born previous to 1725; that he was Bachelor of Arts, probably of Cambridge; that he was married, and had a child. Patronage, for which he had often prayed, he at length obtained; but he gave us to understand that it was burthened with conditions by which it was rendered a curse. It is obvious, from his own language, that his promotion, whatever it was, made him a dependent, and that to some one who exacted his full share of homage, if not of servility. Mr. Davenport was at a loss to know by what means Hoyland's poems acquired a typographical distinction (he means at the Strawberry Hill press) which was so seldom granted. The title-page to the first edition was as follows:—

Poems and Translations by Francis Hoyland, A.B.

Nasutum volo, nolo polyposum. (Martial.)

Give me a house like other people,

Not one as large as Strasburg steeple.

(Printed for London and York), 1763. (Two Shillings).