1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Jortin

John Wilson Croker, Note in Boswell, Life of Johnson, ed. Croker (1831) 5:39n.



Dr. John Jortin, a voluminous and respectable writer on general subjects, as well as an eminent divine. He died in August, 1770, Archdeacon and Vicar of Kensington; where his piety and charity, greater even than his great learning and talents, are still remembered. His laconic epitaph in Kensington churchyard, dictated by himself, contains a new turn of that thought which must be common to all epitaphs,

—"Johannes Jortin mortalis esse desiit, A. S. 1770, aet. 72."

John Jortin ceased to be mortal, &c.—