Correspondence of James Jennings

Administrative / Biographical History

James Jennings, poet, made a substantial fortune as a Somersetshire grocer and was led to verse by a youthful acquaintance with Robert Southey at Bristol. In a series of poems on birds, Jennings is favoured to inculcate benevolence while extolling the wisdom of providence, and presenting them in the form of natural history. The most prominent publication being Ornitholiga or The Birds: A Poem, In Two Parts. Jennings was also the author of the Observations of the Dialects of The West of England.