1854 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson Croker

Robert Shelton Mackenzie, Note in Noctes Ambrosianae, ed. Mackenzie (1854) 2:26n.



John Wilson Croker, Secretary of the Admiralty in England from 1809 to 1830, may be said to have been distinguished by "pertness" as a speaker during the greater portion of the five-and-twenty years he was in Parliament. He had great powers of ridicule, which he used with much pleasure. In 1831-32, during the Tory struggle against the Reform Bill, Mr. Croker displayed greater argumentative and oratorical force than any one had previously given him credit for.