1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Dart

Henry Lemoine, "J. Dart?" Gentleman's Magazine 57 (May 1787) 409.



MR. URBAN,

I should be singularly obliged to any of your correspondents for memoirs of that laborious antiquary and poet, JOHN DART, the author of a pompous and inaccurate work, in two volumes folio, on the Antiquities of Westminster Abbey. He is remarkably faulty, which is wonderful, considering the advantages he possessed. He had access to the Cottonian Library, consulted the records of the church, and received considerable assistance from the papers of Mr. Charles Battely, the receiver. Q. was it his taste, or his genius, made him guilty of so many blunders, and might he not have made a better use of the advantages he had? He is not mentioned in the Biographia Britannica, nor in that still more comprehensive and very useful compilation, the Biographical Dictionary.

I wish some correspondent would likewise inform me, what particular circumstance save the appellation of "Wilmot's Bloody Hall," to a considerable building near Penryn in Cornwall.

H. L.