1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elijah Fenton

John Nichols, in Select Collection of Poems (1780-84) 8:296.



Elijah Fenton was educated in Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was admitted a pensioner July 1, 1700. Lord Orrery placed his only son, John Lord Boyle (afterwards Earl of Orrery), under his tuition from 1714 to 1720. Between this amiable poet his noble pupil a constant and free friendship subsisted; and his Lordship always spoke of him after his decease, and often with tears, as "one of the worthiest and modestest men that ever adorned the temple of Apollo." Dr. Johnson has an original unpublished letter from Mr. Pope to Mr. Broome, dated August 19, 1730, (presented to him by Dr. Farmer since the Lives of the Poets were published) which gives a full and excellent character of Fenton.