1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Brown

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 2:346.



He was Chaplain to Dr. Osbaldiston, Bishop of Carlisle, and author of several poetical pieces, one called Honour, written to shew that true honour can only have its foundation in Virtue, his Essay on Satire is prefixed to the second volume of Warburton's Edition of Pope's Works, and is addressed to that prelate, the specimen subjoined is extracted from it. In 1731, he published Essays on Shaftesbury's Characteristicks. In 1755 the Tragedy of Barbarossa, and in 1756 Athelstan. In 1757 he gave the World An Estimate of the Manners and Principles of the Times, which passed through seven Editions in little more than a year, and he added a second Volume to this Work in 1758. In 1766, in a fit of insanity, Dr. Brown put a period to his life.