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The son of a schoolmaster, Thomas Maurice was educated at the Wesleyan seminary at Bristol before entering University College, Oxford in 1774, aged 19 (B.A. 1778, M.A. 1808); he was chaplain to the 87th regiment (about 1784), Vicar of Wormleighton, Warwickshire (1798-1824) and Cudham, Kent (1804-24). Maurice was a noted oriental scholar and historian, and assistant-keeper of MSS at the British Museum (1798-24).[1]

Text records

  • 1775 - The School-Boy, a Poem.
  • 1777 - A Monody, sacred to the Memory of Elizabeth, Dutchess of Northumberland.
  • 1778 - The Oxonian. A Poem.
  • 1779 - Hinda; an Eastern Elegy.
  • 1784 - Westminster Abbey: an Elegiac Poem.
  • 1795 - An Elegiac and Historical Poem, sacred to the Memory and Virtues of the Honourable Sir William Jones.
  • 1806 - Verses, being a Apology for the Errors and Eccentricities of Genius.


  • The school-boy, a poem. In imitation of Mr. Phillips's Splendid Shilling. 1775.
  • Hagley. A descriptive poem. 1776.
  • Netherby: a poem. 1776.
  • A monody addressed to the memory of Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland. 1777.
  • The Oxonian. A poem. 1778.
  • Poems and miscellaneous pieces. 1779.
  • Westminster Abbey: an elegiac poem. 1784.
  • Panthea; or, the Captive bride, a tragedy; founded upon a story in Xenophon. 1789.
  • A letter addressed to the ... directors of the East India Company. 1790.
  • An elegiac poem, sacred to the memory and virtues of the Honorable Sir William Jones. 1795.
  • Indian antiquities. 7 vols, 1793-1800.
  • History of Hindustan. 2 vols, 1795-98; 3 vols, 1820.
  • The crisis, or the British Muse to the British minister and nation. 1798.
  • Sanscreet fragments, or interesting fragments from the sacred books of the Brahmins. 1798.
  • Grove hill: a descriptive poem; with an ode to nature. 1799.
  • A dissertation on the oriental trinities. 1800.
  • Poems, epistolary, lyric, and elegiacal. 1800.
  • The modern history of Hindostan. 2 vols, 1802-10.
  • Select poems. 1803.
  • Elegy on the late Right Honourable William Pitt. 1806.
  • The fall of the Mogul, a tragedy. With other occasional poems. 1806.
  • Richmond Hill: a descriptive and historical poem. 1807.
  • Elegiac lines, sacred to the memory of Henry Hope. 1811.
  • Brahminical fraud detected. 1812.
  • Westminster Abbey, with other occasional poems. 1813.
  • Observations connected with astronomy and ancient history. 1816.
  • Observations on the ruins of Babylon. 1816.
  • Observations on the remains of ancient Egyptian grandeur and superstition. 1818.
  • Memoirs of the author of Indian antiquities, etc. 3 vols, 1819-22.
  • A free translation of the Oedipus Tyrannus of Sophocles. 1822.




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