1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Owen Cambridge

Samuel Egerton Brydges, "Richard Owen Cambridge" Censura Literaria 6 (1808) 216.



One of the wits of a former reign, who died at his seat at Twickenham, Sept. 17, 1802, aet. 86. He is best known by his Scribleriad, a mock heroic poem in six books, 4to. 1751. It is a poetical continuation of the Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus, which ridicules the errors and follies of false taste and false learning. He also wrote An Account of the War in India, between the English and French on the Coast of Coromandel from the year 1750 to 1760, &c. 4to. 1761, and was the author of several papers in The World. His son has since republished his works with a memoir. He was a very ingenious, learned and amiable man; but can hardly be admitted into the rank of poets.