1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Huddlestone Wynne

Anonymous, in "John Huddlestone Wynne" Universal Magazine NS 19 (June 1813) 496.



The relative obscurity of genius here contemplated of, would certainly be much greater than it is, were it not for the frail memorials sometimes preserved in the periodical prints. Mr. John Huddlestone Wynne, who can still be remembered by many that used to visit those schools of eloquence at the Robin Hood, the Queen's Head Tavern, and Coachmaker's Hall, possessed talents in oratory and composition, which would infallibly have raised him above any depression of circumstances, had it not been for some particularities in his dress, injurious only to himself. He was in a very great measure a living illustration of Horace's "irritabile vatum" — and as orator, poet, editor of a newspaper, &c. made no small figure in his day.