See also:English classical
See also:scholar and politician, was
See also:born at Nottingham on the 22nd of
See also:February 1756 . He was educated at Jesus
See also:College, Cambridge (
See also:fellow, 1776) . In 1778 he took orders, but in the following
See also:year quitted the
See also:church and accepted the
See also:post of classical tutor at the Non-conformist academy at
See also:Warrington, which he held till the dissolution of the
See also:establishment in 1783 . After leaving Warrington, he took private pupils at Nottingham and other places, and also occupied himself with
See also:work . His most important production at this
See also:period was the first
See also:part of the
See also:Silva critica, the design of which was the "
See also:illustration of the Scriptures by
See also:light borrowed from the
See also:philology of
See also:Greece and Rome." In 1790 he was appointed
See also:professor of
See also:classics at the newly-founded Unitarian college at
See also:Hackney, but his proposed reforms and his objection to religious observances led to unpleasantness and to his resignation in the following year . From this
See also:time he sup-ported himself by his
See also:pen . His edition of Lucretius, a work of high pretensions and little solid performance, appeared in 1796–1799, and gained for the editor a very exaggerated reputation (see
See also:Munro's Lucretius, i. pp . 19, 20) . His light-hearted
See also:criticism of
See also:Porson's edition of the
See also:Hecuba was avenged by the latter's famous
See also:toast: "
See also:Gilbert Wakefield; what's Hecuba to him or he to Hecuba ? " About this time Wakefield, who hated Pitt and condemned war as utterly unchristian, abandoned literature for
See also:political and religious controversy . After assailing with equal bitterness writers so entirely opposed as
See also:Wilberforce and
See also:Thomas Paine, in
See also:January 1798 he "employed a few
See also:hours " in
See also:drawing up a reply to
See also:Watson's Address to the
See also:People of
See also:Great Britain, written in defence of Pitt and the war and the new " tax upon income." He was charged with having published a seditious
See also:libel, convicted in spite of an eloquent defence, and imprisoned for two years in Dorchester
See also:gaol . A considerable sum of
See also:money was subscribed by the public, sufficient to provide for his
See also:family upon his
See also:death, which took place on the 9th of
See also:September 18o1 .
While inprison he corresponded on classical subjects with
See also:Fox, the letters being subsequently published . See the second edition of his
See also:Memoirs (1804) . The first
See also:volume is autobiographical; the second, compiled by J . T . Rutt and A . Wainewright, includes several estimates of his character and performances from various
See also:sources, the most remarkable being one. by Dr Parr; see also
See also:Magazine (September 18o1);
See also:Henry Crabb
See also:Diary (3rd ed., 1872);
See also:John Aikin in Aikin's General Biography (1799-1815) .
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