Temple, William Johnston, 1739-1796

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The author was a friend of James Boswell, and the Vicar of St. Gluvias in Penryn, Cornwall.

From the description of Diaries : manuscript, 1780-1791. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612835415

William Johnston Temple (1739-1796), Church of England clergyman and essayist, friend of James Boswell and Thomas Gray. In 1767 Temple married Anne Stow (1741-1793). The Temples had eight children; one, Francis (1770-1863), became an admiral, and another, Octavius (1784-1834), became lieutenant-governor of Sierra Leone. Temple published numerous works, including Essay on the Clergy (1774); an unauthorized portrait of Gray which appeared in the London Magazine anonymously (1772); and, also anonymously, Moral and Historical Memoirs (1779).

Norton Nicholls (1742-1809) was primarily known for his friendship with Thomas Gray. In the summer of 1770 he and Gray took a journey through the midland counties of Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, and Gloucestershire. Nicholls kept the journal of their proceedings, which has not survived. In 1767 he was ordained and then presented to the rectory of Lound and Bradwell, near Lowestoft; he kept the living until his death. His correspondence with Gray, Horace Walpole, and others has been published.

From the description of Letters: to Sir William Johnston Temple, 1763-1794. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702184520

Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Boswell family. family
associatedWith Boswell, James, 1740-1795. person
associatedWith Church of England corporateBody
associatedWith Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson (Houghton Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771. person
associatedWith Jerningham, Mr. (Edward), 1737?-1812. person
associatedWith Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. person
correspondedWith Nicholls, Norton, 1741?-1809, person
associatedWith Nicholls, Norton, 1742-1811 person
associatedWith Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761. person
associatedWith Robespierre, Maximilien, 1758-1794. person
associatedWith Sévigné, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de, 1626-1696. person
associatedWith Temple, Anne (Stow), 1741-1793. person
associatedWith Temple family. family
associatedWith Temple, Frederick, 1821-1902. person
associatedWith Vaughan, John, ca. 1731-1795. person
associatedWith Vaughan, John, Sir, 1747 or 8-1795. person
associatedWith Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Penryn (England)
Great Britain
London (England)
United States
English diaries
Husband and wife


Birth 1739

Death 1796-08-13




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