Fenton, Richard.


With Portrait of the Author and a Biography Written by Ferrar Fenton. To Which are Now Added the Notes Made for a Second Edition by Richard and John Fenton. Brecknock Published by Davies & Co. 1903.
2nd Ed. 4to. vii + xxxii + 388pp. + [i]. With 7pp. of Subscribers. 31 plates, 2 ports., 1 map. Some light browning, ex-libris Francis L. Lambton, modern, original gilt lettered cloth, minor marking, recased, spine sl. frayed. Richard Fenton (1746-1821), topographer and poet was born at St. David's Pembrokeshire. He entered the Middle Temple and during his residence in London he became acquainted with the literary and theatrical celebrities of the day including Johnson, Garrick and Goldsmith. Fenton was described as, 'a man of indefatigable industry, of a fine poetical fancy, of a very cheerful disposition, of particularly gentlemanly and fascinating manners, and a person of best information on almost every subject.' D.N.B. His ‘Historical Tour...' which appeared first in 1881 was censured by Dr. Thomas Burgess, Bishop of St. Davids in his 'Bishops and benefactors of St. David's vindicated from the misrepresentations of a recent publication' (1812), Fenton’s caustic reply to the Bishop remains in manuscript ...’
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