1837 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Rider

William West, in Fifty Years' Recollections (1837) 60-61n.



The Rev. William Rider, B.A. was lecturer at St. Vedast, Foster-lane, Cheapside, and curate of St. Faith's, at which latter church I frequently attended his sermons, in company with Mrs. Evans, his friend, and the wife of my employer. He was rather a pompous but talented little man; he occasionally wrote some witty productions for Evans, and edited The Lady's Magazine for several years, but the reader will be surprised, on referring to Watts' Bibliotheca to perceive his numerous other elaborate productions; among which were his History of England in 50 volumes (originally intended to be 25 vols) 18mo. He also compiled a Dictionary of Arts and Sciences and wrote an extensive Commentary on the Bible, which was published with the Bible itself in 3 volumes, in folio, with his name affixed.