1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gerard Hamilton

John Wilson Croker, Note in Boswell, Life of Johnson, ed. Croker (1831) 1:505n.



Mr. Hamilton had been secretary to Lord Halifax, as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and remained a short time with his successor, Lord Northumberland, but he resigned in 1764. Though he never spoke in parliament after this, his biographer informs us (perhaps on the authority of this passage), that he meditated taking an active part in political life; he, however, did not, and his alliance with Johnson, whatever it was intended to be, seems to have produced little or nothing, at least that we know of. Mr. Hamilton died in 1796, aet. 68.