Born Dec. 3, 1766 at Harrington in Suffolk, England. Learned to read in a school kept by his mother; being placed with a farmer, he was found too small for labour, and learned the trade of shoemaking with his brother in London, where his first fondness for reading and writing was produced by books which they read in turns from a circulating library; yet no one knew his talents until he surprised the literary world in his poem of the farmer's boy, which was ushered to the public by Capel Lofft Esq. He has since published various other Poems which are characterized by accurate and feeling description and unaffected simplicity. He lives in London. [P. 46.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.