This resource provides a detailed chronology of Mary Shelley's life and work, as well as several contemporary reviews of her novels and of a play inspired by Frankenstein.
1. Richard Heber (1773-1833), friend of George Canning and Walter Scott, half-brother to Reginald Heber. Bellerophon, borne by the winged horse Pegasus, slew the Chimaera and the Lycian monsters. By "Pegasean" Gifford undoubtedly alludes to one or more of the publications Copleston issued during this period. They included, A Letter to John Coker, of New College, Esq, on His Second Edition of Reflections on the Late Election of a Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1810); A Second Letter to John Coker, of New College, Esq. Upon the Subject of His Reflections on the Late Election of a Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1810); A Second Reply to the Calumnies of the Edinburgh Review against Oxford : Containing an Account of Studies Pursued in that University (1810); A Third reply to the Edinburgh Review (1811).
2. #197, by John William Ward, Lord Dudley (1781-1833), English Tory politician, close friend of Edward Copleston. Dudley, who wished to keep his participation in the Quarterly Review a deep secret, employed Copleston as mediator between himself and Gifford.
3. Mr. Budd, a bookseller (see the following paragraph). Mrs. Hoppner is Phoebe Hoppner (born Phoebe Wright), wife of John Hoppner (1758-1810), a prominent portrait painter who was one of Gifford's closest friends. (Phoebe Hoppner's mother, Patience Wright (1725-1786), an expatriate American living in London, was a notable sculptor in wax; during the American war for independence she acted as a spy for Benjamin Franklin. Her bust of William Pitt is on display in Westminster Abbey.)
4. #114, by Robert Grant (1780-1838), later governor of Bombay. Gifford is disingenuous here. On good evidence, Canning saw and commented upon drafts of Grant's Pitt article; the drafts, however, were in the form of galley prints (therefore "printed"), supplied by the publisher's printers to the writer, the editor, and sub-editors as part of the pre-publication editing process. Yorke is Charles Philip Yorke (1764-1834), Tory statesman.
6. # 202, Hurd's Warburton's Works, reviewed by Thomas Dunham Whitaker (1759-1821, Lewis, Dictionary of Evangelical Biography), Church of England clergyman and author of notable county topographies. Richard Hurd (1720-1808), Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, Bishop of Worcester. William Warburton (1698-1779), Bishop of Gloucester, orthodox controversialist. Friend of Alexander Pope and Richard Hurd.
9. Thomas Northmore (1766-1851), miscellaneous writer. His Washington; or Liberty Restored: a Poem in Ten Books, London: 1809 was reviewed by Gifford in #59. A Radical, he considered contesting Exeter in 1812 (Devon Library and Information Services, Local Studies Service: Devon. Exeter. Elections. Campaign Literature. 1812. Northmore and parliamentary reform! Record no: 37575, The friends of Mr. Northmore understanding that several reports have been in circulation, stating that he has intirely declined... Record no: 37579, The friends of Mr Northmore hasten to inform the electors ... Record no: 37581). In 1818 he unsuccessfully contested Exeter, polling a distant third.