1758 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hervey

John Jones, "Mr. James Hervey" 1758 ca.; Gentleman's Magazine 53 (February 1783) 103.



He was an exceeding good Christian: very pious, charitable, humble, modest, and very sincere in all his conduct. He had a very considerable share of learning, which he properly applied to the service of religion. He was polite in conversation, and elegant in his writings. He was also very earnest and diligent in his endeavours to save the souls of men. His constitution was weak, and he laboured beyond his power, which helped to shorten his days. He had, in many things, a good discernment and judgement; in others these valuable abilities failed him; and he has been unhappy in his choice of systems.

He struck in early with the Methodists at Oxford, on account of their piety. They were then a small sect, devoted only to piety and charity, and were commendable in the exercise of both. Systems arose afterwards. Good Mr. Hervey unhappily engaged in them also; and thereby manifestly hurt his judgement.