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DEDICATION.

TO THE

cation. But there are additional motives, DOWAGER LADY THROCKMORTON.

the recollection of the happy hours, formerly

spent at Weston, in your society and in that Your Ladyship’s peculiar intimacy with of Sir George Throckmorton, enhanced by the poet Cowper, and your former residence the presence of our common lamented friend, at Weston, where every object is embellished Dr. Johnson. A dispensation which spares by his muse, and clothed with a species of neither rank, accomplishments, nor virtues, poetical verdure, give you a just title to has unhappily terminated this enjoyment, but have your name associated with his endeared it has not extinguished those sentiments of memory.

esteem and regard, with which But, independently of these considerations,

I have the honor to be, you are recorded both in his poetry and

My dear Lady Throckmorton, prose, and have thus acquired a kind of Your very sincere and obliged friend, double immortality. These reasons are suf

T. S. GRIMSHAWE. ficiently valid to authorize the present dedi- Biddenham, Feb. 28, 1835.

PREFACE.

is presenting to the public this new and / of some letters, and the total omission of complete edition of the Life, Correspondence, others, that, in his judgment, were essential and Poems of Cowper, it may be proper for to the development of Cowper's real charme to state the grounds on which it claims acter. The cause of this procedure may be to be the only complete edition that has been, explained so as fully to exonerate Hayley or can be published.

from any charge injurious to his honor. His After the decease of this justly admired mind, however literary and elegant, was not author, Hayley received from my lamented precisely qualified to present a religious charbrother-in-law, Dr. Johnson, (so endeared by acter to the view of the British public, his exemplary attention to his afflicted rela- without committing some important errors. tive.) every facility for his intended biography. Hence, in occasional parts of his work, his Aided also by valuable contributions from reflections are misplaced, sometimes injurious, other quarters, he was thus furnished with and often injudicious; and in no portion of it rich materials for the execution of his inter-) is this defect more visible than where he at-. esting work. The reception with which his tributes the malady of Cowper to the operLife of Cowper was honored, and the suc- ation of religious causes. cexsive editions through which it passed, It would be difficult to express the painful uflorded unequivocal testimony to the indus- feeling produced by these facts on the minds try and talents of the biographer and to the of Dr. Johnson and of his friends. Hayley inepistolary merits of the Poet. Still there deed seems to be afraid of exhibiting Cowper Were m:uny, intimately acquainted with the too much in a religious garb, lest he should character and principles of Cowper, who con- either lessen his estimation, alarm the reader, sidered that, on the whole, a very erroneous or compromise himself. To these circumimpression was conveyed to the public. On stances may be attributed the defects that we this subject no one was perhaps more com- have noticed, and which have rendered his petent to form a just estimate than the late otherwise excellent production an imperfect Dr. Johnson. A long and familiar inter- work. The consequence, as regards Cowper, course with his endeared relative had af- has been unfortunate. People,” observes forded him all the advantages of a daily and Dr. Johnson, “ read the Letters with the minute observation. His possession of docu- Task’ in their recollection, (and vice versân) ments, and intimate knowledge of facts, en- and are perplexed. They look for the Cowper abled him to discover the partial suppression of each in the other, and find him not; the

correspondency is destroyed. The character with the most finished taste. I have scarcely of Cowper is thus undetermined; mystery found a single word which is capable of behangs over it, and the opinions formed of ing exchanged for a better. Literary errors him are as various as the minds of the in- I can discern none. The selection of words, quirers.”. It was to dissipate this illusion, and the construction of periods, are inimitathat my lamented friend collected the “Pri- ble; they present as striking a contrast as vate Correspondence," containing letters that can well be conceived to the turgid verbus had been previously suppressed, with the ity which passes at present for fine writing, addition of others, then brought to light for and which bears a great resemblance to the the first time. Still there remains one more degeneracy which marks the style of Ammiimportant object to be accomplished : viz., to anus Marcellinus, as compared to that of present to the British public the whole Cor- Cicero or of Livy. In my humble opinion, respondence in its entire and unbroken form, the study of Cowper's prose may on this ac. and in its chronological order. Then, and not count be as useful in forming the taste of till then, will the real character of Cowper be young people as his poetry. That the Let fully understood and comprehended ; and the ters will afford great delight to all persons consistency of his Christian character be of true taste, and that you will confer a most found to harmonize with the Christian spirit acceptable present on the reading world by of his pure and exalted productions. publishing them, will not admit of a doubt."

Supplemental to such an undertaking is All that now remains is for the Editor to the task of revising Hayley's life of the Poet, say one word respecting himself

. He has purifying it from the errors that detract from been called upon to engage in this undertak. its acknowledged value and adapting it to ing both on public and private grounds. He the demands and expectations of the religious is not insensible to the honor of such a compublic. That this desideratum has been long mission, and yet feels that he is undertaking felt, to an extent far beyond what is com- a delicate and responsible office. May he monly supposed, the Editor has had ample execute it in humble dependence on the means of knowing, from his own personal Divine blessing, and in a spirit that accords observation, and from repeated assurances with the venerated name of Cowper! Had of the same import from his lamented friend, the life of his endeared friend, Dr. Johnson, the Rev. Legh Richmond.*

been prolonged, no man would have been The time for carrying this object into effect better qualified for such an office. His amis now arrived. The termination of the copy-ple sources of information, his name, and his right of Hayley's Life of Cowper, and access profound veneration for the memory of Cowto the Private Correspondence collected by per, (whom he tenderly watched while living, Dr. Johnson, enable the Editor to combine and whose eyes he closed in death,) would all these objects, and to present, for the first have awakened an interest to which no other time, a Complete Edition of the Works of writer could presume to lay claim. It is un. Couper, which it is not in the power of any der the failure of this expectation, which is exindividual besides himself to accomplish, be- tinguished by the grave, that the editor feels cause all others are debarred access to the himself called upon to endeavor to supply the Private Correspondence. Upwards of two void ; and thus to fulfil what is due to the hundred letters will be thus incorporated character of Cowper, and to the known wishes with the former work of Hayley, in their due of his departed friend. Peace be to his ashes! and chronological order.

They now rest near those of his beloved The merits of “ The Private Correspond- Bard, while their happy spirits are reunited in ence" are thus attested in a letter addressed a world where no cloud obscures the mind, to Dr. Johnson, by a no less distinguished and no sorrow depresses the heart : and judge than the late Rev. Robert Hall. “It is where the mysterious dispensations of Prov. quite unnecessary to say that I perused the idence will be found to have been in accordletters with great admiration and delight. Iance with his unerring wisdom and mercy. have always considered the letters of Mr. Cowper as the finest specimen of the epistolary style in our language ; and these ap

It is impossible for the Editor to specify pear to me of a superior description to the the various instances of revision in the nar. former, possessing as much beauty, with rative of Hayley, because they are sometimes more piety and pathos. To an air of inimi- minute or verbal, at other times more entable ease and carelessness they unite a high arged. The object has been to retain the degree of correctness, such as could result basis of his work, as far as possible. The only from the clearest intellect, combimed introduction of new matter is principally

where the interests of religion, or a regard * of the letters contained in the Private Corre: to Cowper's character seemed to require it; spon lence” he emphatically remarked, “Cowper will and for such remarks the Editor is solely never be clearly and satisfactorily understood without

responsible.

them."

CONTENTS.

PART THE FIRST.

Page

Page To the same. The probability of knowing each other

The family, birth, and first residence of Cowper..... 23 in Heaven. April 17, 1766...

His verses on the portrait of his mother...

23 To the same. On the recollection of earthly affairs

Epitaph on his mother by her niece.....
24 by departed spirits. April 18, 1766...

43

The schools that Cowper attended..

24 To the same. On the same subject; on his own state

His suffering during childhood.........
24 of body and mind. Sept. 3, 1766...

44
His removal from Westminster to an attorney's office 25 To the same. His manner of living; reasons for his
Vera on bis early afflictions...
26 pot taking orders. Oct. 20, 1766.

45

Mis settlement in ihe Inner Temple..

26

To the saine. Reflections on reading Marshall. Mar.

His acquuntance with ominent authors....

26 11, 1767

46

His translations in Duncombe's Horace....

26

To the same. Introduction of Mr. Unwin's son; his

His own account of his early life....

26 gardening; on Marshall. March 14, 1767..

46

Stanzos on reading Sir Charles Grandison.

26 To the same. On the inotive of his introducing Mr.

liis veres on finding the heel of a shoe...
27 Unwin's son to her, April 3, 1767..

47

His gumination to the office of Reading Clerk in the To Joseph Hill, Esq. General election. June 16,

House of Lords...

27

1767..

47

Bis nomination to be Clerk of the Journals in the To Mrs. Cowper. Mr. Unwin's death; doubts con-

House of Lords....

27

ceruing Cowper's future abode. July 13, 1767.... 47

To Lady Hesketh. Journals of the House of Lords. To Joseph Hill, Esq. Reflections arising from Mr.

Reflection on the singular temper of his mind. Unwin's death. July 16, 1767....

48

Aug. 9, 1763...

27 The origin of Cowper's acquaintance with Mr. New-

Hin extreme dread of appearing in public...

28

ton....

43

Hus illness and removal to St. Albans...

Cowper's removal with Mrs. Unwin to Olney.... 49

Chung in his ideas of religion....

29 To Joseph Hill, Esq. Invitation to Olney. Oct. 20,

llis recovery.....

29 1707...

49

His settlement at Huntingdon to be near his brother 29 His devotion and charity in his new residence.. 49

The trawlation of Voltaire's Henriade by the two To Joseph Hill, Esq. On the occurrences during his

brothers, ...

29 visit at St. Albans. June 16, 1768...

49

The origin of Cowper's acquaintance with the Unwins 29 To the same. On the difference of dispositions ; his

His adoption into the family....

30 love of retirement. Jan. 21, 1769....

49

His early friendship with Lord Thurlow, and J. Hill, To the same. On Mre. Hill's late illness. Jan. 29, 1769 50
Es....

30 To the same. Declining an invitation, Fondness

To diverph Mill, Esq. Account of his situation at for retirement. July 31, 1769........

50

Hantingdon. June 24, 1705....

31 His poein in memory of John Thornton, Esq.... 56

Tu Lady Hesketh. On his illness and subsequent His beneficence to a necessitous child....

51

recovery. July 1, 1765.....

31 To Mrs. Cowper. His new situation; reasons for

To Joseph Hill, Esq. Huntingdon and its amuse- mixture of evil in the world. 1769..

51

11 July 3, 1765...

32 To the same. The consolations of religion on the

To Lady Hesketh. Salutary effects of affliction on death of her husband. Aug. 31, 1769..

51

the human mind. July 4, 1765....

32 Cowper's journey to Cambridge on his brother's ill-
Account of Huntingdon; distance
ness,

50
from his Brother, &c. July 5, 1765..

33 To Mrs. Cowper. Daugerous illness of his brother.

To the same. Newton's Treatise on Prophecy ; Re- March 5, 1770...

52

dections of Dr. Young on the Truth of Christianity. The death and character of Cowper's brother.... 53

July 12. 176.5.

34 To Joseph Hill, Esq. Religious sentiments of his

On the Beauty and Sublimity of Scrip-

brother. May 8, 1770...

53

tural Laugunge. Aug. 1, 1765....

34 To Mrs. Cowper. The same subject. June 7, 1770. 53

To Jeeph Hill, Esq. Expected excursion. Aug. 14, To Joseph Hill, Esq. Expression of his gratitude for

35 instances of friendship. Sept. 25, 1770...

54

To Lady Hesketh. Pearsall's Meditations; definition

To the saine. Congratulations on his marriage.

of lath. Aug. 17, 1765.....

36 Aug. 27, 1771....

55

To the saine,

On a particular Providence; experi-

To the same. Declining offers of service. June 27,

ence of mercy, &c. Sept. 4, 1765...

36 1772...

55

To the same. First introduction to the Unwin fam- To the same. Acknowledging obligations. July 2, 1772 55

Hly; their characters. Sept. 14, 1765...

37 To the same. Declining an invitation to London.

On the thankfulness of the heart, its

Nov. 5, 1772....

55

inequalitics, &c. Oct. 10, 1765 ...

The composition of the Olney Hymns by Mr. Newton

To the maine Miss Unwin, her character and piety. and Cowper...

56

Oct. 18, 1765,....

38

The interruption of the Olney Hymns by the illness

To Major Cowper. Situation at Huntingdon; bis of Cowper.

56

perfect ratisraction, &c. Oct. 18, 1765...
39 His long and severe depression....

37

To Joseph Hill, Esq. On those who confine all mer- His tame hares, one of his first amusements on his

its to their own acquaintance. Oct. 25, 1765.... 39 recovery

57

To the same

Agreement with the Rev. W. Unwin. The origin of his friendship with Mr. Bull....

Nov. 3. 1765...

40 His translations from Madame de la Mothe Guion... 57

To the same. Declining to read lectures at Lincoln's To Joseph Hill, Esq. On Mr. Ashley Cooper's recov-

lon. Nov, 8, 1765...

40

ery from a nervous fever. Nov. 12, 1776.... 57

To Lady Hesketh. On solitude; on the desertion of To the same. On Gray's Works. April 20, 1777...

his friends, March 6, 1766....

41

To the same. On Gray's later epistles. West's Let-

To Mrs. Cowper. Mrs. Unwin, and her son; his ters. May 25, 1777...

58

cousin Martin, March 11, 1766....

41

To the same. Selection of books. July 13, 1777 58

To the same.

he fruit of friendship; his T the same. Supposed diminution of Cowper's in

conversion. April 4, 1766.......

come. Jan. 1, 1778.....

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1779....

Page

Page

To the same. Death of Sir Thomas Hesketh, Bart. To the Rev. W. Unwin. Verseg on a goldfinch

April 11, 1778.....

59 starved to death in his cage. Nov. 9, 1780.......

To the same. Raynal's works. May 7, 1778. 59 To Joseph Hill, Esq. On a point of law. Dec. 10,
To the same. Congratulations on preferment. June 1780
18, 1778...

59 To the Rev. John Newton. On his commendations
To the Rev. W. Unwin. Disapproving a proposed of Cowper's poems. Dec. 21, 1780...

application to Chancellor Thurlow. June 18, 1778 59 To J. Hill, Esq. With the memorable law-case be-
To ihe same. Johnson's Lives of the Poets. May tween nose and eyes. Dec. 25, 1780....
26, 1779....

60 To the Rev. W. Unwin. With the same. Dec., 1780 83
To the same.
Remarks on the Isle of Thanet. July, To the Rev. John Newton. Progress of Error. Mr.

60 Newton's works. Jan. 21, 1781......
To the same. Advice on sea-bathing. July 17, 1779 60 To the Rev. W. Unwin. On visiting prisoners.
To the same. His hot-house; tame pigeons; visit

Feb. 6, 1781

85

to Gayhurst. Sept. 21, 1779...

60 To Joseph Hill, Esq. Hurricane in West Indies.

To Joseph Hill, Esq. With the fable of the Pine-ap- Feb. 8, 1781...

85

ple and the Bee. Oct. 2, 1779...

61 To the same. On metrical law-cases; old age. Feb.

To the Rev. W. Unwin. Johnson's Biography ; his

15, 1781

85

treatment of Milton. Oct. 31, 1779..

61 To the Rev. John Newton. With Table Talk. On

To Joseph Hill, Esq. With a poem on the promo- classical literature. Feb. 18, 1781....

86

tion of Edward Thurlow. Nov. 14, 1779...

To Mr. Hill., Acknowledging a present received.

To the Rev. W.Unwin. Quick succession of human

Feb. 10, 1781....

80

events; modern patriotism. Dec. 9, 1779.

62 To the Rev. John Newton. Mr. Scott's curacies.

To the same. Burke's speech on reform; Nightin-

Feb. 2.3, 1781....

gale and Glow-worm. Feb. 27, 1780.....

62 To the same, Care of myrtles. Sham fight at Olney.

To Mrs. Newton. On Mr. Newton's removal from

Maroh 5, 1781...

Olney, March 4, 1780....

To the same. On the poems, " Expostulation,” &c.

To Joseph Hill, Esq. Congratulations on his profes- March 18, 1781...

sional success. March 16, 1780...

64 To the Rer. W. Unwin. Consolations on the asper

To the Rev. J. Newton. On the danger of innova- ity of a critic. April 2, 1701....

82

tion. March 18, 1780...

To the Rev. John Newton. Requesting a preface to

To the Rev. W. Unwin. On keeping the Sabbath, “Truth." Enigma on a cucumber. April, 1781

00

March 28, 1780...

64 To the same. Bolution of the enigma. April 23, 1781

To the same. Pluralities in the church. April 6, 1780 65 Cowper's first appearance is an author...

To the Rev.J. Newton. Distinction between a trav- The subjects of his tirst poems suggested by Mr.

elled man, and a travelled gentleman. April 16,

Unwin.

91

1780 ....

66 To the Rev. W. Uuwin. Intended publication of his

To the same. Serious reflections on rural scenery.

first volune. May 1, 1781....

9)

May 3, 1780.

66 To Joseph Hill, Esq. On the composition and pub-

To Jorcph Hill, Esq. The Chancellor's illness. May lication of his first volume. May 9, 1781..... 91

6, 1780....

66 To the Rev. W. Unwin. Reasons for not showing

To the Rev. W. Unwin. His passion for landscape his preface to Mr. Unwin. May 10, 17*1...

drawing; modern politics. May 8, 1780..

67 To the same. Delay of his publication ; Vincent

To Mrs. Cowper. On her brother's death. May 10, Bourne, and his poems, May 23, 1781.....

1780 ...

68 To the Rev. John Newton. On the beat; on disem

To the Rev. J. Newton. Pedantry of commentators; bodied spirits. May 19, 1781...

93
Dr. Bentley, &c. May 10, 1700....

To the Rev. W. Unwin. Corrections of his proofs;
To Mrs. Newton. Mishap of the gingerbread baker on his horseinanship. Muy 2, 1781..

93
and his wife. The Doves. June 2, 1780........

To the same. Mrs. Unwin's criticisms; a distinguish-
To the Rev. W. Unwin. Cowper's fondness of ing Providence. June 5, 1781...

93
praise-Can a parson be obliged to take an ap

To the saine. On the design of his poems; Mr.
prentice ?-Latin translation of a passage in Para-

Unwin's bashfulness. June 24, 1781..

95
dise Lost; versitication of a thought. June 8, 1780 69 Origin of Cowper's acquaintance with Lady Austen

To the Rev, J. Newton. On the riots in 1780; dan. Portical episile addressed to that lady by him ...... NG

ger of associations. June 12, 1780....

70 Dithidence of the poet's genius..

97

To the Rev. W.Unwin. Latin Verses on ditto. June To the Rev. John Newton. His late visit to Olney.

18, 1780....

70 Lady Austen's first visit. Correction in " Progress

To the same. Robertson's History; Biographia Bri- of Error.” Intended Portrait of Cowper. July 7,

tannica. June 22, 1780...

71

97

To the Rev. J. Newton. Ingenuity of slander; lace-

To the same. Humorous letter in rhyme, on his

makers' petition. June 23, 1780...

72

poetry. July 12, 1781...

To the Rev. W. Unwin. To touch and retouch, the To the same. Progress of the poem, “ Conversation."
secret of good writing; an epitaph. July 2, 1780. July , 1781....

99

To Joseph Hill, Esq. On the riots in London. July To the Rev. W. Unwin. Though revenge and a

3, 1780...

72 spirit of litigation are contrary to the Gospel, still

To the same. Recommendation of lace-inakers' pe- it is the duty of a Christian to vindicate bis right.

tition. July 8, 1780......

73 Anecdote of a l'rench Abbé. A lele charapotre.

To the Rev. W. Unwin. Translation of the Latin

July 29, 1781....

99

verses on the riots. July 11, 1700....

74 To Mrs. Newtou. Changes of fashion. Remarks on

To the Rev. J. Newton. With an enigma. July 12, his poem, " Conversation.” Aul., 1781

100

To the Rev. John Wuwfou. Conversion of the green-

To Mrs. Cowper. On the insensible progress of age. house into & Suniner parlor. Progress of his

July 29, 1780....

75 work. Aug. 16, 1781....

101

To the Rev. W.Unwin. Olvey bridge. July 27, 1780 76 To the same. State of Cowper's mind. Lady Aus.
To the Rev. J. Newton. A riddle. July 30, 1780... 76 len's intended settlement at Olney. Liney on co-

To the Rev. W.Unwin. Human nature not changed; coa-puts and fish. Aug, 21, 1781.....

a modern, only an ancient in a ditferent dress. To the Rev. W.Unwin, Congratulations on the birth

August 1780..

76

of a son.

Remarks on his poem. * Retirement."

To Joseph Hill, Esq. On his recreations. Aug. 10, Lady Austen's proposed settlement at Olbey. llor

1780 ...

character. Aug. 25, 1901....

102

To the Rev. J. Newton. Escape of one of his hares. To the Rev. John Newton. Progress of the print

Aug. 21, 1720....

ing of his poem, " Retirement." Mr. Johnson's

To Mrs. Cowper. Lady Cowper's death. Age a corrections. Aug. 23, 1781...

103

friend to the mind. Aug, 31, 1780...

78

To the same. Ileat of the weather. Reinarks on

To the Rev. W. Unwin. Biographia; verses, parson the opinion of a cleric: acquaintance concerning

and clerk. Sept. 3, 1780....

78

certain amusements and music. Sept. 9, 1771.... 104

To the same.

On eduoation. Sept.7, 1780.

79 To Mrs. Newton. A poetical epistle on a barrel of

Public schools. Sept. 17, 1780.. 80 oysters. Sept. 16, 1781....

104

To the same. On the same subjeci. Oct. j, 1780... To the Rev. Jolin Newton. Dr. Johnson's criticism

To Mrs. Newton. On Mr. Newton's arrival at Rums. on Watts and Blackmore, Smoking. Sept. 16,

gate. Oct. 5, 1780.......

81

1781......

105

Page

To the Rev. W. Unwin. Thoughts on the sea. Char.

urter of Lady Anten. Sept. 26, 1781

105

To the Rev. John Newton. Religious poetry. Och

106

To the came Brighton Amusements. His project-

al Auttorship. Oct. 6, 1781....

107

To the Rev. John Newton. Disputes between the

Rv Mr. Scott and the Rey. Mr. R. Oct. 14, 1tal 107

To Mrs Cowper. His first volume. Death of a

frient. Oct. 19, 1781 ....

108

Arasons why the Rev. Mr. Newton wrote the Preface

wtopur's Poems....

109

To thi v dohn Newton. Remarks on the pro-

P Preface to the Poems. Mr. Scott and Mr. R.

Dkt. 171....

109

To ibe Rrv. W. Unwin Brighton dissipation. Ed-

uc time of sounu tuwin. Nov, s. 1721

110

To the Rev.John Newton. Cowper's indifference to

Fanic. Anirdote of the Rev. Mr. Bull. Nov. 7, 1781 110

To the Rer. Wm. Inwin. Apparition of Paul White-

heu al W*** Wycombe. Nov, 24, 1781... 111

10 Jeuch nhill, E-09. In answer to his account of

bilder and her cottage. Nov. 26, 1731...... 112

To the Rer. Wm. Unwin. Origin and causes of so-

iufting. Nov. 26, 1781......

112

To the Kry. John Newton. Unfavorable prospect

of the American war. Nov. 27, 1781

113

With lines on Mary and John, Same

114

To dorph Hill, Exq. Advantage of having a tenant

whuis irregular in his payments. Sale of cham-

Laps State of fair in Ainerica. Dec. 17*1... 114

To the Rev.John Newton. With lines to Sir Joshua

Royauds. Political and patriotic poetry. Dec. 4,

115

Circunstances under which Cowper conámenced his

Carrer a un uutlior

116

Letter withe Rev. John Newton, Dec. 17, 1781. Re-

barks on his poems on Friendship, Retirements

Herci-m, and Elna: Vineveh and Britain....... 116

To threx. William Unwin, Doc. 19, 1721. Idea of

& the ocracy: the American war

117

To the Kix John Newton; shortest day, 1781, On

& rational miscarriage; with lines on a flatting-

117

To the unc, bast day of 1781. Concerning the print-

bry of lus Pepin the American contest,

118

Tu the Rer. William Cawin, Jan 5, 1782. Dr. John-
*9* cruque on l'rior and Pope.

119

To the Rev.Johu Newton, Jan, 13, 1782. The Amer-

in cert....

120

To be Bry. William Unwin, Jan, 17, 1782. Conduct

oferitice; Dr. Johnson's reinarks on Prior's Poems;

reinarks on Dr. Johnson's lives of the Poets ; po-

etry suitable for the reading of a boy

120

To doxeph Mul, 124. Jan. 31, 1762. Political reflec-

122

To the Rev. John Newton, Feb. 2, 1782 On his

Porins iben printing; Dr. Johnson's churacier as

& chic; verity of the winter..

123

To the Bav. Win. Unwin, Feb. 9, 17-2. Bishop

Lowthe juvenile verscx; acquaintance with Lady

A.

124

Attention of Luly Austen to Cowper.
Lapr (nur him to Luly Juston.

194

bom his next door neighbor.

125

To the Res, William Unwin. On Lady Austen's

pinion of him; altempusat roblery ; observations

(s

mag character; genuine benevolence.... 125

To the Rev. Juhn Newton, Feb. 16, 1782. Charms of

authenlip

126

To the Kat Williama l'uwin, Feb, 24, 17202 On the

Pablonnon of his pocine; his letter to the Lord

126

To Land Thurlow, Feb. 25, 1784, enclosed to Mr.

127

Tu the Rat. Job Newton, Feb., 1729. On Mr. N.'s

Prrere i lis Putas. Remark on a Fast Sermon 127

To the top, March 6. 172 Political remarks ;

character of over Cromwell

128

110 iad bolding of Cromwell.

Tu the Row Win, I'nwin, March 7, 17. Remon-

STITC* ainst Bunday routs ....

128

Benark on the reasons for rejecting the Rev. Mr.

Nr 10"> Preface to Cowperx Poen

129

To ibe Ros, John Newton, Dlarch 14, 17). On the

intended Preface to hiy Poems; critical tact of

Johorn the bookseller.

129

To Jumph HUI, Esy.. March 14, 1782. On the public

cation of his Poesaks...

130

knowledgments to a beneficent friend to the poor

of Olney ; on the appearance of John Gilpin in print 142

To the Rev. Williarn Unwin. No date. Character

of Dr. Beattie and his poems; Cowper's transla-

tion of Madame Guion's poems

143

To Mrs. Newton, Nov. 23, 17. On his poems; se-

verity of the winter; contrast between a spendthrift

and in Olney cottager; method recommended for

settling disputes...

....... 143

To Joseph Hill, Esq., Dec. 7, 1782. Recollections of

the coffee-house ; Cowper's mode of spending his

eveninga; political contradictions,

144

To the Rev. William l'nwin, Jan. 19. 1783. His oc-

cupations; beneficence of Mr. Thornton to the poor

of buty

145

To the Roy, John Newton, Jan. 26, 1783 On the an

ticipations of peace; conduct of the belligereot

powers

145

To the Rrv. Wm. Unwin, Feb. 2, 1783. Ironical con-

gratulations on the peue; generosity of England

to l'rince

146

To the Rev. John Newton, Feb. 8, 1783. Remarks

on the peace

146

To Joseph Hill, Esq., Feb. 13, 1783. Remarks on

hi-poms...

147

To the same.

Feb. 20, 1783. With Dr. Franklin's

letter on his poems.

147

To the sime. No date. On the coalition ministry

Lord Chancellor Thurlow...

148

Neglect of Cowper by Lord Thurlow.

148

Lord Thurlow's generosity in the case of Dr. John-

son, and Crabbe, the poet...

148

To the Rev. Johu Newton, Feb, 24, 1783. On the

peace...

148

To the Rev. William Bull, Mareh 7, 1783. On the

peace; Scotch Highlanders at Newport Pagnel... 149

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