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1. #173, review by Copleston of George Ensor, On National Education (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1811). George Ensor (1769-1843), anti-Malthusian, pro-Irish political writer, known to Jeremy Bentham. He was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. There is no suggestion in the record that he was an officer of cavalry. John Wilson Croker (1780-1857), First Secretary to the Admiralty, M.P., frequent contributor to the QR.

2. Charles Burney (1757-1817), classical scholar. Peter Elmsley (1773-1825), Oxford University classical scholar. Cf. George Pretyman Tomline, A Refutation of Calvinism. Third Edition (London: n.p, 1811). Sir George Pretyman Tomline (1750-1827), Bishop of Lincoln. British Critic (1793-1826), a High Church journal (see the note below). Sir John Nicholl (1759-1838), judge, M.P. 1802-1832. Cf. Court of Arches (Church of England), The judgement, delivered December 11th, 1809, by the Right Honourable Sir John Nicholl, Knt. LL.D., official principal of the Arches Court of Canterbury, upon the admission of articles, exhibited in a cause of office promoted by Kemp, against Wickes, clerk, for refusing to bury an infant child of two of his parishioners, who had been baptized by a dissenting minister / taken in short-hand by Mr. Gurney (London: J. Butterworth, 1810). Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850), editor of the Edinburgh Review.

3. John Davison (1777-1834), Church of England clergyman, later prebendary of Worcester. Reference to #163.

4. In late 1811 Joshua Watson (1771-1855) and Henry Handley Norris (1771-1850), members of the Hackney Phalanx (a High Church pressure group), took over the British Critic and installed William Van Mildert (1765-1836) as editor. These were men with powerful influence in the church and its associated councils and organizations. The new conductors maintained the High Church emphasis of the journal. It continued to be dull and disappointed even younger well-wishers who contributed articles, such as John Keble, Christopher Wordsworth, and John Taylor Coleridge. The journal's founders, co-conductors, and co-editors to 1811 were William Beloe (1756-1817) and Robert Nares (1753-1829).

5. Possibly paraphrasing David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, chapter 86, section ii: "We sink very much in our own eyes, when in the presence of a great man, or one of a superior genius ..."









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