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Littleton, Edward

First Name: 
Edward
Last Name: 
Littleton
Sex: 
Male
Baptism: 
1698
Death: 
1733
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
Anglican
Education: 
educated upon the royal foundation at Eton College under Dr Snape
elected to a scholarship at King's College, Cambridge 1717
BA 1721
MA 1724
LLD 1728
Profession or Occupation: 
clergyman
poet
appointed an assistant master at Eton 1720
ordained deacon in April 1724
ordained priest 1724
elected a fellow of Eton 1726
presented to the vicarage of Mapledurham, Oxfordshire 1726
married Frances, daughter of Barnham Goode
appointed one of the king's chaplains 1730
Milieux: 
Clerical religious writing
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
a humorous poem entitled ‘A Letter from Cambridge to Master Henry Archer, a Young Gentleman at Eton School’ appeared posthumously in GM 1738.
His more celebrated poem ‘On a Spider’ appeared in James Ralph's collection of Miscellaneous Poems (1729)
‘A Letter from Cambridge to Master Henry Archer, a Young Gentleman at Eton School’ and 'On a Spider' were reprinted in Robert Dodsley's popular anthology, A Collection of Poems (1748–58)
Summing Up: 

Littleton was a clergyman who wrote a humorous poem as an undergraduate, and a pastoral elegy on the death of Ralph Banks, a scholar of King's College, among other poems. Some of his works were printed in GM or miscellanies (such as Dodsley's) and many were published posthumously after he died of a fever. His sermons were also published posthumously for the benefit of his widow and children.

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