1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hurdis

Henry Francis Cary to Anna Seward, 5 May 1793; Memoir of the Rev. Henry Francis Cary (1847) 1:52-53.



There is at present a poetical Professorship vacant in the University, for which the competitors are a Mr. Kett and a Mr. Hurdis. The choice is decided by a majority of votes among the Masters of Arts, with whom, if poetical merit has much weight, as I believe it has not, the latter of these gentlemen would probably be successful. He has published the "Village Curate," "Adriano," "Sir Thomas More," &c.

The former is at present only known by some sermons, though he is about to expose himself more by the publication of "Juvenile Poems." Keep yourself in good health and happiness. Adieu, adieu, dear madam.

Yours, sincerely and faithfully,

HENRY CARY.