Richard Hurd Bibliography

Moral and Political Dialogues: being the substance of several conversations between divers eminent persons of the past and present age; digested by the parties themselves, and now first published from the original MSS with critical and explanatory notes by the Editor 1759
Dialogue I. On Sincerity in the Commerce of the World: between Dr. Henry More and Edmund Waller. Dialogue II. On Retirement: between Mr. Abraham Cowley, and the Rev. Mr. Thomas Sprat. Dialogues III & IV. On the Golden Age of Queen Elisabeth: between the Hon. Robert Digby, Dr. Arbuthnot, and Mr. Addison. Dialogues V & VI. On the Constitution of the English Government. Sir John Maynard, Mr. Somers, Bishop Burnet. Includes a 7 page Postscript criticising Hume’s The History of England, under the House of Tudor, which was omitted from the second edition. “For it is to be noted, that the method observed by him in these histories is as singular as his view in composing them. For having undertaken to conjure up the spirit of absolute power, he judged it necessary to the charm, to reverse the order of things, and to evoke this frightful specture by writing (as witches use to say their prayers) backwards.”

After preaching at Whitehall (1750, on the suggestion of Warburton), Lincoln’s Inn (1765, where he gave the first Warburton lectures in 1768), Hurd became archdeacon Gloucester (1767), Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (1774-81) and of Worcester (1781-1808). Following the text of Bentley, he edited Horaces’s Ars Poetica (1749) and the Epistola ad Augustum (1751), with commentaries, copious notes and “A Discourse Concerning Poetical Imitation”. He went on to edit the works of Warburton (7 vols., 1788; “A Discourse by Way of General Preface”, 1794), the Select Works of Cowley (1772) and he left materials for an edition of Addison (6 vols., 1811).
Letters on Chivalry and Romance 1762
A critical study of medieval literature which help to revive an interest in the Middle Ages. The work expands and develops an argument in the third of Hurd’s Moral and Political Dialogues (1759) – a series of imaginary conversations between historical figures – in which John Arbuthnot had maintained against Joseph Addison the value of chivalric jousts and pageantry in a discussion “On the Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth”.
Dialogues on the Uses of Foreign Travel; Considered as a Part of an English Gentleman’s Education: between Lord Shaftesbury and Mr. Locke. By the Editor of Moral and Political Dialogues 1764
“A constructed dialogue. It is not easy to identify in the speeches of “Locke” any passages from his writings. Education may be the source, but the speakers are rather free in using material from both men. A comment on p.3 may refer to Locke: a reference to a recent conversation with an esteemed philosopher. He does not like the talk of ideas and the rejection of innate principles. However, this philosopher’s writings on government, trade, liberty and education deserve the popularity they have. Locke is finally named: no one is more ‘privileged by his experience, to give us Lectures on the good old chapters of Education.’” (Yolton 1764)
A discourse, by way of general preface to the quarto edition of Bishop Warburton?s works, containing some account of the life, writings and character of the author 1794
The biography was planned to be part of the 1788 edition of Warburton?s Works.