1898 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Maurice

Ernest Hartley Coleridge in Poetical Works, ed. E. H. Coleridge (1898-1904) 1:330.



The Rev. Thomas Maurice (1754-1824) had this at least in common with Byron — that his History of Ancient and Modern Hindostan was severely attacked in the Edinburgh Review. He published a vindication of his work in 1805. He must have confined his dulness to his poems (Richmond Hill (1807), etc.), for his Memoirs (1819) are amusing, and, though otherwise blameless, he left behind him the reputation of an "indiscriminate enjoyment" of literary and other society. Lady Anne Hamilton alludes to him in Epics of the Ton (1807) p. 165 — "Or warmed like Maurice by Museum-fire, | From Ganges dragged a hurdy-gurdy lyre." He was assistant keeper of MSS. at the British Museum from 1799 till his death.