Born in England and educated at Oxford, Dawson moved to Virginia,
becoming a tutor in moral philosophy at the College of William and Mary in
Williamsburg. He held several important offices in Virginia’s colonial
government and in 1743 became president of the college. He brought out his
collection of verse, Poems on Several Occasions (1736), anonymously and
published in magazines witty and polished work like the poem in the Heath Anthology.
In the Heath Anthology
The Wager: A Tale
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A Preface to Eighteenth-Century Poetry
The complete text of James Sutherland's book on eighteenth-century poetry.