1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Wesley

Samuel Badcock, in "Curious Anecdotes of the Family of John Wesley" Westminster Magazine 12 (Supplement, 1784) 695.



Mr. Samuel Wesley, the elder, published a poetical version of the Old and New Testament; and at a very advanced age a voluminous work in Latin on the book of Job. This last work was presented to Queen Caroline by Mr. John Wesley (the celebrated father of the Methodists), who, in a letter to his brother Samuel, acknowledges the very courteous reception he was honoured with from her Majesty, who gave him "bows" and "smiles" — but "nothing for his poor father"! The work was never held in any estimation by the learned. The engravings seem to have been the first rude efforts of an untutored boy. Nothing can be conceived more execrable!