1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Jones

Anonymous, in Biographia Dramatica (1812) 1:413.



Unlike many other eminent literary characters of the age, Sir William was a sincere and pious Christian; instead of labouring, by his writings, to propagate the doctrines of infidelity, as has been a favourite practice with some modern philosophers of reputation, he was desirous to lend the Scriptures his utmost support; and, in one of his latest annual discourses to the Asiatic Society, he has done more to give validity to the Mosaic history of the creation than the researches of any contemporary writer.