Thomas Smith was a great inspiration to many of his students, and to Gabriel Harvey in particular. Like Smith, Harvey was born in Saffron Waldon and educated at Cambridge. The two men quickly became acquainted, and Harvey was soon a regular visitor to Hill Hall, where he witnessed the famous debate between Smith and his son Thomas Smith Jr. Harvey was always keen to show that he was privy to the statesman, and in the year following Smith’s death he published a series of elegies in Latin entitled Smithus; vel Musarum lachrymae (Smith, or The tears of the Muses) in which he celebrated his former mentor and positioned himself as his intellectual heir.
Here is a portrait of Smith including in the volume.
Author: Gabriel Harvey
Title: Smithus; vel Musarum lachrymae [Smith, or The tears of the Muses] (London, 1578)
Shelfmark: G.15.5(1) (catalogue record)