1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Edmund Cartwright

Alexander Chalmers, in Life of Langhorne, Works of the English Poets (1810) 16:407-08.



His [Langhorne's] next occupation was that of an assistant at the free-school of Wakefield, then superintended by Mr. Clarke; and while here he took deacon's orders, and became, it is said, "a popular preacher." In 1759, Mr. Clarke recommended him as preceptor to the sons of Robert Cracroft, esq. of Hackthorn, near Lincoln. Mr. Cracroft had nine sons, and Mr. Langhorne must have been fully employed in the family; yet he added to theirs the tuition of Mr. Edmund Cartwright, a young gentleman of a poetical turn, who afterwards published an elegy, entitled Constantia, on the death of his preceptor's wife.