1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Beilby Porteus

Samuel Egerton Brydges, in Autobiography (1834) 67.



Porteus was then the popular preacher of the Bishops. His manner was mild, but somewhat languid, and not always purified from original vulgarity. I knew him as a rector of Hunton, near Maidstone, when I was a little boy nine years old. He was then awkward, reserved, and somewhat pedantic in his manner and mien. Beattie, in letters published by Sir William Forbes, has described a visit paid to him at Hunton with much fondness.