1766 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Upton

Samuel Pegge, 1766 ca; in Anonymiana, or Ten Centuries of Observations on various Authors and Subjects (1809) 38, 120-21.



CENTURY I. LXV.

The remarks on three plays of Ben Jonson, Volpone, the Silent Woman, and the Alchimist, published without a name in 1749, have for their author Mr. John Upton, Prebendary of Rochester, who has very happily pointed out many passages imitated by Jonson from the Antients.

CENTURY III. LXXXIX.

My friend John Upton, Prebendary of Rochester, and the learned editor of Arrian and Spenser, &c. died in 1761. He was a man of spirit, of parts, and learning. He first set out a furious critick in the way of emending antient authors; but declared at last it was far more difficult to comment well and to explain an author, than to emend him.