1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Walter Harte

Richard Polwhele, in Reminiscences in Prose and Verse (1836) 2:166-67.



In noticing William Gregor as having done honour to his neighbourhood by his learning and talents and exemplary piety, we vainly look back to his predecessors at Creed near Grampound, for any literary character, except to Walter Harte, who held that living, and who was more distinguished, perhaps, in the world of fashion than of literature. The Rev. Walter Harte, who was tutor to young Stanhope, published an address to the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Chesterfield on his recovery from a dangerous illness, in Pearch's Collection of Poems, vol. III. p. 181.

At length, in pity to a Nation's prayer,
Thou liv'st, O Stanhope, Providence's care!!!

Think of the Nation offering up a prayer to Heaven for the recovery of Lord Chesterfield!