1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. John Hinchliffe

Richard Cumberland, in Memoirs (1806-07; 1856) 41.



Hinchliffe might well be called the child of fortune, for he was born in penury and obscurity, and was lifted into opulence and high station, not by the elasticity of his own genius, but by that lucky combination of opportunities, which merit has no share in making, and modesty no aptitude to seize. At Trinity College I knew him as an under-graduate below my standing; in the revolution of a few years I saw him in the station aforetime filled by my grandfather [Richard Bentley] as master of the college, and holding with it the bishopric of Peterborough; thus doubly dignified with those preferments which had separately rewarded the learned labours of Cumberland and Bentley.