Hervey, James, 1714-1758

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James Hervey (1714-1758) was born and brought up in Northamptonshire where his father was a village clergyman. He entered Lincoln College, Oxford at the age of 18 and graduated with a B.A. in 1736 after a not very distinguished career. Following several minor clerical appointments in 1740 he became the curate of Bideford, North Devon, where he started work on the drafts of his famous Meditations and Reflections . The latter works appeared in 1745-1746, to be followed in 1747 by his Contemplation upon the night and other works. For further details of his life see the Dictionary of National Biography.

From the guide to the Drafts of Meditations among the tombs, and Reflections on a flower-garden, with miscellaneous other material, by James Hervey, ca. 1740, (Leeds University Library)

English divine and author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Weston, to his sister, [no year] Mar. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270474178

Devotional writer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Weston, to Samuel Richardson, 1747 Jan. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270474193

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creatorOf Gay, John, 1685-1732. [Poetical miscellany] University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Hervey, James, 1714-1758. Drafts of Meditations among the tombs, and Reflections on a flower-garden, with miscellaneous other material, by James Hervey. University of Leeds, Brotherton Library, Leeds University Library
referencedIn Donald Hyde and Mary Hyde Eccles Autograph Collection, 1505-1957 (inclusive), 1702-1854 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hervey, James, 1714-1758. Autograph letter signed James Hervey to: "Sir" November 3, 1747. Wellesley College
creatorOf Hervey, James, 1714-1758. Autograph letter signed : Weston, to Samuel Richardson, 1747 Jan. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hervey, James, 1714-1758. Autograph letter signed : Weston, to his sister, [no year] Mar. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hervey, James, 1714-1758. Letter, 1747 Dec. 12, Weston, to James Stonhouse. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Flatman, Thomas, 1637-1688. Collection of hymns [manuscript], ca. 1790. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn [Commonplace book], [ca. 1815-1821]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Stevens, Thomas. [Commonplace book], 1779-1781. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Drafts of Meditations among the tombs, and Reflections on a flower-garden, with miscellaneous other material, by James Hervey, ca. 1740 Leeds University Library
referencedIn Books from the library of Amos Bronson Alcott, 1579-1893. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Boswell's Life of Johnson : including Boswell's Journal of a tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a journey into North Wales, edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1464-1897 (inclusive), 1724-1874 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888 person
correspondedWith Boswell, James, 1740-1795 person
associatedWith Richardson, Mr. person
associatedWith Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761, person
associatedWith Stevens, Thomas. person
associatedWith Stonhouse, James, Sir, 1716-1795. person
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English poetry--18th century
Christian literature, English--18th century
Christian literature, English England 18th century
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Birth 1714-02-26

Death 1758-12-25

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