1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton the Elder

Anonymous, in "Tribute to Mr. Warton" European Magazine 29 (January 1796) 8.



The father of Mr. Warton, indeed, deserves separately an eulogium, for merit, learning, and for genius; he was highly respected, not only for his literary talents (which were great) but for his worth and virtues. He was Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and Professor of Poetry in that University, universally esteemed for learning and for genius. He had two sons and one daughter, but did not live to have the happiness to see those sons, "the learned brothers," (as Dr. Johnson calls them, with whom they were intimately acquainted) arrive at their future literary fame. Dr. Joseph Warton, the eldest son, whose public and private character is above all praise, and Mr. Warton, the subject of this memoir, equally estimable, were both very young men when they had the misfortune of losing their excellent father. Mr. Warton was then a mere youth of fifteen or sixteen years. His mother survived her worthy husband for some years; she was daughter to the Rev. Mr. Richardson, of Dunsfold, Surrey; a man of exemplary character, and she inherited all his virtues.