Stephen Barrett (classics teacher)
Stephen Barrett (1718–1801) was a British classics teacher, who published some translations of Latin texts.
Barrett entered the ministry, he became master of the free grammar school at Ashford, Kent, and was made rector of the parishes of Purton and Ickleford, Hertfordshire. In 1773, he resigned his mastership on receiving the living of Hothfield, Kent.
In 1746 Barrett published a Latin translation, which was admired at the time, of Pope's Pastorals.
Among his friends in early life were Dr. Johnson, and the founder of the Gentleman's Magazine, Edward Cave. To that magazine Barrett was a frequent contributor. Vol. xxiv. contains a letter, signed with his name, on a new method of modelling the tenses of Latin verbs.
In 1759, he published Ovid's Epistles translated into English verse, with critical essays and notes; being part of a poetical and oratorical lecture read to the grammar school of Ashford in the county of Kent, and calculated to initiate youth in the first principles of Taste.
He was also the author of War, an Epic Satire, and other trifles.
- Bullen 1885, p. 284.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Bullen, Arthur Henry (1885). "Barrett, Stephen". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography 3. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 284.; Endnotes:
- Gentlemen's Magazine lxxi. 1152
- Nichols's Literary Anecdotes, ix. 672.