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OF

WILLIAM COW PER

HIS

LIFE AND LETTERS

BY WILLIAM HAYLEY ESQ.

NOW FIRST COMPLETED BY THE INTRODUCTION OF

COWPER'S PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE.

EDITED BY

THE REV. T. S. GRIMSHAWE, A.M.

RECTOR OF BURTON, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, AND VICAR OF
BIDDENHAM, BEDFORDSHIRE, AUTHOR OF THE LIFE OF THE REV. LEGH RICHMOND.

Letters, such as are written from wise men, are, of
judgment the best.

words of men,

my
LORD BACON.

VOL. III.

LONDON

SAUNDERS AND OTLEY, CONDUIT STREET.

MDCCCXXXV.

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To Joseph Hill, Esq., Feb. 27, 1785. Inquiry con-

cerning his health, and account of his own

To the Rev. John Newton, March 19, 1785. Uses and

description of an old card table; want of exercise

during the winter; petition againsi concessions to

Ireland

To the Rev. William Unwin, March 20, 1785. Remarks

on a Nobleman's eye; progress of his new volume;

political reflections ; celebrity of “ John Gilpin"

To the Rev. John Newton, April 9, 1785. On the pre-

diction of a destructive earthquake, by a German

ecclesiastic

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To the Rev. Jobn Newton, April 22, 1785. On the po-

pularity of “ John Gilpin"

27

To the Rev. William Unwin, April 30, 1785. On the

celebrity of “ John Gilpin ;” progress of Cowper's

new volume ; Mr. Newton's sentiments in regard to

him; mention of some old acquaintances; discovery of

a bird's nest in a gate-post

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To the Rev. John Newton, May 1785. Sudden death

of Mr. Ashburner; remarks on the state of Cowper's

mind; reference to his first acquaintance with Newton 32

To the Rev. John Newton, June 4, 1785. Character of

the Rev. Mr. Greatheed; completion of Cowper's new

volume; Bacon's monument of Lord Chatham

35

To Joseph Hill, Esq., June 25, 1785. Cowper's summer.

house; dilatoriness of his bookseller

37

To the Rev. John Newton, June 25, 1785. Allusion to

the mental depression under which Cowper laboured ;

Nathan's last moments; complaint of Johnson's delay ;

effects of drought; tax on gloves

38

To the Rev. John Newton, July 9, 1785. Mention of

letters in praise of his Poems; conduct of the Lord

Chancellor and G. Colman ; reference to the comme.

moration of Handel ; cutting down of the spinney

To the Rev. William Unwin, July 27, 1785. Violent

thunder-storm ; courage of a dog; on the love of

Christ

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To the Rev. John Newton, Aug. 6, 1785. Feelings on

the subject of authorship; reasons for introducing John

Gilpin in his new volume

To the Rev. John Newton, Aug. 17, 1785. Reasons

for not writing to Mr. Bacon ; Dr. Johnson's Diary ;

illness of Mr. Perry

Character of Dr. Johnson's Diary

Extracts from it

Arguments for the necessity of conversion

Johnson's neglect of the Sabbath

Testimony of Sir William Jones respecting the Holy

Scriptures

To the Rev. William Unwin, Aug. 27, 1785. Thanks for

presents; his second volume of poems; remarks on

Dr. Johnson's Journal ; claims of who and that

To the Rev. John Newton, Sept. 24, 1785. Recollections

of Southampton ; recovery of Mr. Perry; proposed

Sunday school

Origin of Sunday schools

Their utility
Sentiments of the late Rev. Andrew Fuller on the Bible

Society and on Sunday Schools
To Joseph Hill, Esq., Oct. 11, 178.3. Cowper excuses

himself for not visiting Wargrave; on his printed epis.

tle to Mr. Hill
Renewal of Cowper's intimacy with his cousin, Lady

Hesketh
To Lady Hesketh, Oct. 12, 1785. Recollections revived

by her letter ; account of his own situation; allusion to
his uncle's health ; necessity of mental employment for

himself
To the Rev. John Newton, Oct. 16, 1785. On the death

of Miss Cunningham; expected removal of the Rev.
Mr. Scott from Olney; Mr. Jones, steward of Lord

Peterborough, burned in effigy

To the Rev. William Unwin, Oct. 22, 1785. Progress of

his translation of Homer; course of reading recom-

mended for Mr. Unwin's son

ib.

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