1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. John Hacket

Robert Aris Willmott, in English Sacred Poets (1834; 1839) 1:267n.



Hacket, who was the Archbishop's Chaplain, wrote with the warmth of a friend, and the intemperance of a partisan. The style of the book [Memorial of Williams] is the strangest that can be imagined. It was intended not so much for the memoir of one person, as for a general treatise, and the author says, part ii. p. 229, that his "scope was not so much to insist upon the memorable things of one man's life, as to furnish them with reading out of his small store, that are well-wishers to learning in theological, political, and moral knowledge." To the student, however, this quaint folio is a treasure.