Burney, Fanny. Memoirs of Dr. Burney. London: Edward Moxon, 1832. The author’s father, Dr. Burney, had supported Hawkesworth’s nomination to edit the accounts of the voyages of Captain James Cook and John Byron. Fanny Burney recalls a social meeting between Hawkesworth and Dr. Burney a month before the former died, presumably as a result of the ensuing controversy and criticism over Hawkesworth’s theological speculations.
Clifford, James L. Pope and His Contemporaries. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1949. Clifford deals briefly but informatively with Hawkesworth as Swift’s editor and biographer. Although as an editor Hawkesworth apparently made many inaccuracies, as a biographer he was discerning and judicious.
Drake, Nathaniel. Essays: Biographical, Critical, and Historical. London: Suttaby, Evance, and Fox, 1814. Includes discussions of Joseph Addison and Richard Steele. Treats The Tatler, The Spectator, The Guardian; the style and content of these periodicals; and the ethical character of their writers, including Hawkesworth.
Eddy, Donald D. “John Hawkesworth: Book Reviewer in the Gentleman’s Magazine.” Philological Quarterly 43 (1964): 223-238. Eddy suggests that, in addition to the reviews Hawkesworth contributed to the Monthly Review in his own name, he also wrote reviews anonymously in Gentleman’s Magazine from 1767 to 1773. Contains a table of books reviewed in both magazines.
Sambrook, James. The Eighteenth Century: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature, 1700-1789. London: Longman, 1986. Discusses Hawkesworth’s idealized and sentimental treatment of the Noble Savage in describing the Tahitians in his collation of the more sober accounts of Captain James Cook and other explorers. Hawkesworth noted the natives’ easy subsistence, and their guilelessness and bravery. Chronology, bibliography, index.
Williams, Harold. “Dean Swift, Hawkesworth, and The Journal to Stella.” In Essays on the Eighteenth Century. New York: Russell and Russell, 1963. Hawkesworth edited the Journal to Stella (1766, 1768), a collection of Jonathan Swift’s letters to a woman in Ireland. Williams evaluates the accuracy of Hawkesworth’s transcription and studies earlier speculation that his edition in fact more closely resembles the originals than Swift’s own later publication. Williams concludes that in fact Hawkesworth resorted to considerable polishing of passages. Very detailed.