Item NN/5/4 - The Rosciad and the apology

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The Rosciad and the apology

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GB 2014 WS-01-BUS-NN/5/4

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  • 1957 (Accumulation)
    Westminster School
    London, United Kingdom
  • 1891 (Publication)
    London, United Kingdom

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4to, 1 volume

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CHURCHILL, CHARLES, eldest son of Charles Churchill (adm. 1717/8, qv); b. Feb 1731/2; adm. (aged 9) May 1741; KS (Capt. ) 1745; left 1748 [or 1747 ?]; St. John’s Coll. Cambridge, adm. pens. 8 Jul 1748; ordained deacon (Wells) 22 Sep 1754, priest (Rochester for London) 19 Dec 1756; Curate, South Cadbury and Sparkford, Somerset, 1754-6, and to his father at Rainham, Essex, 1756-8; Curate and Lecturer, St. John the Evangelist, Westminster, 1758-63; became involved in debt, and was in danger of imprisonment until befriended by Pierson Lloyd (qv), who induced the creditors to accept a composition; author of the poems The Rosciad and The Apology, published in 1761; by their sale he is said to have cleared no less than £2000; became an intimate friend of John Wilkes, with whom he worked on The North Briton; his poems satirised Hogarth, Bute, Sandwich, and others; his literary career, although brief, was brilliant; although he led a reckless and extravagant life, his generosity was undoubted and he remained an unwavering friend of Robert Lloyd (qv); William Cowper (qv) held him in high estimation as a poet and called him the “great Churchill” (Works of William Cowper, 1836, vi, 9-10); for an account of Byron’s visit to his grave at Dover, see Lord Broughton’s Recollections of a Long Life, i, 335; his collected works were published in two volumes, 1763-4; m. c. 1749 Martha Scott, Westminster; d. at Boulogne, 4 Nov 1764. DNB.

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Godfrey Greene's bookplate. Number 39 of 45 copies printed. Illustrated

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Donated to the School by Godfrey Greene


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Access to rare books is granted to bona-fide researchers, by prior appointment, in cases where the item in unavailable at another UK repository.

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A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the item. Copies are supplied in accordance with Westminster School's Policy on Archive and Heritage Collections, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of items in the custody of Westminster School must be sought from its Governing Body.

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