1860 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Hopkinson

Rufus Wilmot Griswold, in Poets and Poetry of America (1860) 25-26.



The celebrated wit, lawyer, and statesman, Francis Hopkinson, born in 1737, made his first appearance as a poet in Bradford's American Magazine, one of the earlier contributions to which was a tribute to the genius of Wollaston, the painter, then living in Philadelphia, from which the following ["To you, famed Wollaston"] is an extract.... This poem is not reprinted in the collection of Hopkinson's Works, published in Philadelphia in 1793. His Battle of the Kegs, a satirical ballad, is the most celebrated of his productions; and several pieces of humorous prose, written by him before the revolution, are among the familiar and popular examples of early American literature.