1825 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Jenner

Joseph Cradock, 1825 ca.; Literary and Miscellaneous Memoirs (1828) 4:219-21.



[Mr. Jenner was educated at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, where he took both his degrees; B.A. 1757, M.A. 1760. He distinguished himself at the University by obtaining two of Mr. Seaton's prizes; the subjects were, "The gifts of tongues, 1767," and "The destruction of Nineveh, 1769;" a collection of Poems in 1766, 4to. He was the author of two novels, intituled, "Letters from Altamont in the Capital, to his Friends in the Country, 1764," 8vo; and "The Placid Man, 1773." He likewise published "Letters from Lothario to Penelope," 2 vols. 12mo., including, "Lucinda," a dramatic entertainment; a sentimental comedy, called, "The Man of Family, 1771," 8vo; "Town Eclogues, 1772," 4to.; "Louisa, a Tale, to which is added, an Elegy to the memory of Lord Lyttleton, 1774," 4to.; and many other poetical pieces; some of which have great merit, and shew that he possessed elegant literary accomplishments, refined taste, and exquisite sensibility of heart.

Mr. Jenner was also the author of a copy of verses, intituled, "April," written at the request of a lady for the Bath Easton prize, which they obtained. In 1769 he succeeded Dr. Hutchinson in the living of Claybrook, Leicestershire; and obtained a dispensation to hold it with Cranford St. John, County of Northampton.

Mr. Jenner died May 11, 1774, aged thirty-eight. A monument was erected to his memory in Claybrook chancel, by Lady Craven, whose Muse weeps over his urn in beautiful and pathetic strains. He had a fine taste for music, and his society was much courted by the amateurs of that art. He possessed a considerable share of wit, and, what rarely happens, without the smallest tincture of ill nature or malignity. His dispositions were humane and benevolent; his manners were soft and gentle, affable and condescending; his pulpit compositions were animated and persuasive; in short, his talents and accomplishments as a clergyman, a scholar, and a gentleman, rendered him the object of universal respect and esteem; and he died sincerely lamented by his parishioners and the whole neighbourhood. — EDIT.]

Mr. Jenner used frequently to say to me, "I cannot guess whose sermons my curate preaches. I know whose they are not; they are incomparably good; he will not suffer me to look at one." A little before his death Mr. Jenner said to me, "I have found out at last whose sermons my curate preaches; they are Dr. Young's in manuscript; his mother was nearly related to him."