1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Davies of Hereford

Anonymous, "John Davis" The Monthly Magazine 25 (May 1808) 332.



John Davis, who died in the reign of James the First, well deserves to be ranked with the other eminent characters that Hereford has produced. Fuller calls him the greatest penman of the age, and says he was celebrated for fair writing, for close writing, and for variety of writing. His expedition was incredible, and some consideration was required to determine whether his lines were written or printed. He could also so cunningly disguise and mix his various hands as to make them appear innumerable. He occasionally exercised himself in poetical composition, and contributed a sprig to the Odcombian Garland that precedes "Coryate's Crudities."