1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Anstey

George Dyer, in Privileges of the University of Cambridge, Supplement (1824) 2:56.



Christopher Anstey, Esq. also, (son of Christopher Anstey, Fellow and Tutor of St. John's, D.D. 1715) was Fellow Commoner here. He was author of several small sprightly poems; but is principally known by the New Bath Guide, a very humorous poem, that was, by the fashionable world, at the time, much read and admired. It has been since followed by a poem (said to be written by one of the Anstey family) in the same spirit, but composed of better materials — The Pleader's Guide — which though it has not been so much read, is to be more admired. Mr. Anstey died in 1805, aged eighty-one; and, by the duty of his son, there is a monument erected to him in Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey.