1842 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry More

C. H. Timperley, in Encyclopaedia of Literary and Typographical Anecdote (1842) 2:570.



1687, Sept. 1. Died, Dr. HENRY MORE, the Platonist, and a celebrated divine, whose works were once read with great enthusiasm by the people. Time, however, has long cast into the shade the visionary papers of Henry More, and he seems himself to have survived that fame which he had once promised to himself. His philosophical and theological works have been collected into two volumes folio. The following is a curious fact relating to his writings: — A gentleman who had died beyond sea, left a legacy of 300 for the translation of Dr. More's works. The task was cheerfully undertaken by the doctor himself; but when he had finished it, he was compelled to give the bookseller the 300 to print them. He was born at Grantham, Lincolnshire, October 2, 1614.