Harwood, Edward a learned Unitarian minister, was born in 1729 in Lancashire. In 1754 he became master of a school at Congleton, in Cheshire, from whence he removed in 1765 to Bristol, where he was ordained over a Presbyterian congregation. In 1768 he obtained his degree of D.D. from Edinburgh, through the interest of Dr. Chandler, whose daughter he married. His character, however, was so immoral that his congregation dismissed him; on which he came to London, where he supported himself by teaching the classics and correcting the press. He died poor in 1794. His principal works are,
1. A View of the various editions of the Greek and Roman Classics (London, 4th edit., 1791, 12mo): —
2. An Introduction to the New Testament (Lond. 1773-81, 2 vols. 8vo): —
3. An edition of the Greek Testament (2 vols. 8vo): —
4. A Liberal Translation of the New Testament into polite English (or, in other words, a burlesque of the sacred Scriptures) (Lond. 1768, 2 vols. 8vo): —
5. The New Testament, collated with the most approved MSS., with select Notes (1776,2 vols. 12mo). See Gentleman's Mag. vols. 62-64; Watt, Bibl. Britannica.