Potter, Robert (1721-1804)

POTTER, Robert, a learned divine, was born in Norfolk, in 1721, and educated at Emanuel College, Cambridge, where he took his bachelor's degree in 1741. His first preferment was the vicarage of Sear ning in Norfolk, where he wrote several ingenious poems in imitation of Pope, which were published in one volume, octavo, in 1774. In 1777, appeared his translation of jEschylus, with notes, 4to.; reprinted in 1779, in 2 vols. 8vo. In 1781, came out the first volume of his translation of Euripides, and the second volume in the following year. In 1788, he printed his Sophocles, for which his old school fellow, lord Thurlow, gave him a prebend in the church of Norwich ; and bishop Bagot presented him to the vicarages of Lowestoft, and Kessingland. He died at Lowestoft in 1804. Besides the above works, Mr. Potter wrote " Observations on the Poor Laws;" an "Answer to Dr. Johnson's Livea of the Poets ;" " A Translation of the Oracle con cerning Babylon," &c.
1. A General Biographical Dictionary, Comprising a Summary Account of the Most Distinguished Persons of All Ages, Nations and Professions, 1843, page 775.

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