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An Introductory letter to the Right Hon. Earl Cowper

Desultory remarks on the letters of eminent persons, particularly those of Pope

and Cowper

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LIFE OF COWPER, PART THE FIRST.

The family, birth, and first residence of Cowper

1

His verses on the portrait of his mother

2

Her epitaph by her niece

3

The schools that Cowper attended

5

His sufferings during childhood

ib.

His removal from Westminster to an attorney's office.

7

Verses on his early afflictions

ib.

His settlement in the Inner Temple

8

His acquaintance with eminent authors

ib.

His epistle to Robert Lloyd, Esq.

ib.

His translations in Duncomb's Horace

10

His own account of his early life

11

Stanzas on reading Sir Charles Grandison

ib.

His verses on finding the heel of a shoe

12

His nomination to the office of reading clerk and clerk of the private committees

in the House of Lords

13

His appointment to be clerk of the Journals in that house

ib.
Letter i. To Lady Hesketh. Journals of the House of Lords; reflection on the
singular temper of his mind

Aug. 3, 1763 ib.

His extreme dread of appearing in public

14

His derangement, and removal to St. Alban's

15

His recovery

16

His settlement at Huntingdon, to be near his brother

ib.
The translation of Voltaire’s Henriade by the two brothers

ib.

The origin of Cowper's acquaintance with the Unwins

17

His adoption into the family

18

His early friendship with Lord Thurlow, and J. Hill, Esq.

19

1765.

Letter

2 To Joseph Hill, Esq. Account of his situation at Huntingdon

June 24 ib.

3 To Lady Hesketh. On his illness and subsequent recovery

July 1 20

4 To the same. Salutary effects of affliction on the human mind July 4 21

5 To the same. Account of Huntingdon ; distance from his brother,

&c.

July 5 22

6 To the same. Newton's treatise on prophecy ; reflections on Dr.

Young, on the truth of Christianity

July 12 23

7 To the same. On the beauty and sublimity of scriptural lan.

guage

Aug. 1

25

8 To the saine. Pearsall's meditations ; definition of faith

Aug. 17 26

9 To the same. On a particular Providence; experience of mercy,

&c.

Sept. 4 27

10 To the same. First introduction to the Unwin family; their cha-

racters

Sept. 14 29

11 To the same. On the thankfulness of the heart, its inequalities,

&c.

Oct. 10 30

12 To the same. Miss Unwin, her character and piety

Oct. 18 31

13 To Major Cowper. Situation at Huntingdon; his perfect satisfac.

tion, &c.

Oct. 18

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14 Tu Joseph Hill, Esq. On those who confine all merits to their own

acquaintance

Oct. 23 33

1766.

15 To Lady Hesketh. On solitude; on the desertion of his friends March 6 34

16 To Mrs. Cowper. Mrs. Unwin, and her son; his cousin Martin

35

17 To the same. Letters the fruit of friendship; his conversion . April 4 36

18 To the same. The probability of knowing each other in heaven April 17 37

19 To the same. On the recollection of earthly affairs by departed

Spirits

April 18 38

20 To the same. On the same subject; on his own state of body and

mind

Sept.3 40

21 To the same. His manner of living; reasons for his not taking

orders

Oct. 20 42

1767.

22 To the same. Reflections arising from reading Marshall

Mar. 11 43

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

Marshall

Mar. 14 44

24 To the same. On the motive of his introducing Mr. Unwin's son to

her

April 3 45

25 To the same. 'Mr. Unwin's death; doubts concerning his future

abode

July 13 46

26 To Joseph Hill, Esq. Reflections arising from Mr. Unwin’s death · July 16 47
The origin of Cowper's acquaintance with Mr. Newton

ib.
The death of Mr. Uuwin, and Cowper's removal with Mrs. Unwin to
Olney

ib.
His devotion and charity in his new residence

48

27 To Joseph Hill, Esq. On the occurrences during his visit at St.

Alban's

June 16, 1768 ib.

1769.

28 To the same. On the difference of dispositions; his love of retire-

ment

ib.

His poem in memory of John Thornton, Esq.

His ieneficence to a necessitous child

50

The composition of his hymns

ib.

29 To Mrs. Cowper. His new situation; reasons for mixture of evil in

the world

51

30 To the same. The consolations of religion on the death of her hus-

band

Aug. 31 52

Cowper's journey to Cambridge on his brother's illness

33

1770.

31 'To the same. Dangerous illness of his brother

Mar. 5 ib.

32 To the Rev. J. Newton. Sickness and death of his brother

Mar. 31 54

Short account and character of Cowper's brother .

55

33 To Joseph Hill, Esq. Religious sentiments of his brother.

May 8 56

34 To Mrs. Cowper. The same subject

June 7 57

35 To Joseph Hill, Esq. Expression of his gratitude for instances of

Friendship

Sept. 25 59

The composition of the Olney Hymns, by Mr. Newton and Cowper .

ib.

The interruption of the Olney Hymns by the illness of Cowper

60

His long and severe depression

ib.

Ilis tame hares, one of his first amusements on his recovery

61

The origin of his friendship with Mr. Bull

ib.
His translation from Madame de la Mothe Guion

ib.

36 To the Rev. W. Unwin. The same subject ; of supplicatory letters,

&c.

June 18 62

1779.

37 To the same. Jubusan's Lives of the Poets

May 26 63

38 To the same. His bot-house; tame pigecns; visit to Gaj hurst Sepi. 21 ib.

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39 To the same. Johnson's Biography ; his treatment of Milton Oct. 31

64

40 To the Rev. W. Uuwin. Quick succession of human events; mo-

dern patriotism

Dec. 2 65

1780.

41 To the same.

me. Burke's speech on the reformation ; nightingale

and glow-worm

Feb. 27 66

42 To the Rev. J. Newton. On the danger of innovation

Mar. 18 67

43 To the Rev. W. Unwin. On keeping the Sabbath

Mar. 28 68

44 To the same. Pluralities in the church.

April 6 69

45 To the Rev. J. Newton. Distinction between a travelled man and a

travelled gentleman

April 16 70

46 To the same., Serious reflections on rural scenery

May 3 ib.

47 To J. Hill, Esq. The Chancellor's (Thurlow) illness

May 6 71

48 To the Rev. W. Unwin. His passion for landscape drawing; mo-

dern politics

May 8 72

49 To Mrs. Cowper. On her brother's death

May 10 74

50 To the Rev. J. Newton. Pedantry of commentators; Dr. Bentley,

&c.

May 10 ib.

51 To the Rev. W. Unwin. Danger of endeavouring to excel ; versifi-

cation of a thought

June 8 75

52 To the Rev. J. Newton. On the riots in 1780; danger of associa-

tions

June 12 77

53 To the Rev. William Unwin. Latin verses on ditto

· June 18 ib.

54 To the same.

Robertson's History ; Biographia Britannica

June 22 79

55 To the Rev. J. Newton, Ingenuity of slander; Lacemakers' Peti.

tion

June 23 ib.

56 To the Rev. W. Unwin. To touch and retouch, the secret of good

writing; an epitaph

July ? 81

57 To J. Hill, Esq. Recommendation of the Lacemakers' petition July 8 82

58 To the Rev. W. Unwin. Translation of the Latin verses on the riots

in 1780

July 11 83

59 To Mrs. Cowper

. On the insensible progress of age

July 20 84

60 To the Rev. W. Unwin, Olney bridge

July 27 85

61 To the Rev. J. Newton. A riddle

July 30 86

62 To the Rev. W. Unwin. Human nature not changed; a modern

only an ancient in a different dress

Aug. 6. ib.

63 To the Rev. J. Newton. Escape of one of his hares

Aug. 21 88

64 To Mrs. Cowper. Lady Cowper's death; age a friend to the mind Aug. 31 89

65 To the Rev. W.Unwin. Biographia ; verses, parson, and clerk Sept. 3 ib.

66 To the same. On education

Sept. 7 91

67 To the same.

Public schools

Sept. 17 92

68 To the same. On the same subject

Oct. 5

69 To Mrs. Newton. On Mr. Newton's arrival at Ramsgate

Oct. 5 95

70 To the Rev. W. Unwin. Verses on a goldfinch starved to death in

Nov. 9 ib.

71 To J. Hill, Esq. With the memorable law.case between nose and

eyes

Dec. 25 96

72 To the Rev. W. Unwin. With the same

Dec. 97

1781.

73 To J. Hill, Esq. On metrical law.cases; old age

Feb. 15 98

74 To the Rev. W! Unwin. Consolations on the asperity of a critic April 2 99

75 To the same.

Publication of his first volume

May 1 100

76 To J. Hill, Esq. On the composition and publication of his first

volume

May 9 101

77 To the Rev. W. Unwin. Reasons för not showing his preface to Mr.

Unwin

May 10 102

78 To the same. Delay of his publication; Vincent Bourne, and his

poems

May 23 103

79 To the same. Correction of his proofs; on his horsemariship slay 105

80 To the same. Mrs. Unwin's criticisms; a distinguishing provi.

dence

June 5 106

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81 To the same. On the design of his poems; Mr. Unwin's bashful-

June 24 107

82 To the sime. Thanks for some rugs; on the fashion of wearing

wius

July 6 109

83 To the Rev. J. Newton. In rhyme, on his poetry

July 12 ib.

84 To the Rev. W. Unwin. Brighton amusements; his projected au-

thorship

Oct. 6 110

85 To Mrs. Cowper. His first volume ; death of a friend

Oct, 19 111

86 To the Rev. W. Unwin. Brighton dissipation ; education of young

Unwin

Nov. 5 113

87 To the same. Origin and causes of social feeling

Nov. 26 114

1782.

88 To the same. Johnson's character of Prior and Pope

Jan. 5 116

89 To the same. Danger of criticism to the taste ; young Unwin's

education

Jan. 17 117

90 To the Rev. J. Newton. His intended publication

Feb. 2 119

91 To the same. Pleasures of Authorship

Feb. 16 121

Character of Caraccioli

122

92 To the Rev. W. Unwin. 'Mr. Newton's preface ; the dignity of

authorship

Feb. 24 123

93 T. Lord Thurlow. With his first volume of poems

Feb. 25 124

94 To the Rev. J. Newton. Thoughts on reproving kings

Feb. 125

95 To the same. Past and present politics .

Mar. 6 126

96 To the Rev. W. Unwin. On the Newspapers

Mar. 7 127

97 To the Rev. J. Newton. Mr. Newton's preface, and Johnson's

criticisms

Mar. 14 128

The inadequate success of his first volume .

129

Probable reasons of the neglect it at first experienced .

130

Example of Cowper's ingenuousness in speaking of himself .

ib.
The various kinds of excellence in his first volume

ib.

The origin of Cowper's acquaintance with Lady Austen

132

His poetical epistle to that lady

ib.

1781.

98 To the Rev. W. Unwin. Duty of submitting to injury; the story of

an abbé

July 29 135

99 To the same. His poem, Retirement; Lady Austen's settling at

Olney

Aug. 25 137

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July 16 148

108 To the same. Account of a viper in the green-house ; poems of

Madame Guion

Aug. 3 150

The Colubriad, a sportive poem

152

Three songs, written for Lady Austen's harpsichord

153

The origin of the pleasant poem of John Gilpin

156

109 To the Rev. W. tuwin. John Gilpin's feats

Nov. 4 157

110 To the same. On a charitable donation to the poor of Olney Nov. 18 158

111 To the same. Dr. Beattie; translation of Madame Guion's poems .

159

112 To the same. Mr. 's Charity and Benevolence

Jan. 19 160

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