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COWPER'S BIRTH, FAMILY, AND EDUCATION.
Page 1731. Born in the rectory, Berkhamstead.
1 That place remarkable in history
ib. Not related to the Scotch Bishop Cowper
2 Name of his family first mentioned in 1465
ib. His mother's family
3 Her epitaph.
4 1737. Cowper sent to school at Market-street, Hertfordshire
5 Cruelly treated there by one of the boys .
ib. 1739. Placed in the house of an oculist on account of a disease in his eyes 6 1741. Sent to Westminster school.
ib. 1745. The small-pox relieves his eyes
ib. His character in boyhood misrepresented by himself
7 His complaint that religion had been neglected in his education 8 Confirmation at Westminster.
10 Scene in St. Margaret's churchyard.
ib. Fancies himself consumptive.
ib. His recollections of Westminster pleasurable .
11 Advantages which he gained there
12 His schoolfellows.
13 CHAPTER II. COWPER IN A SOLICITOR'S OFFICE AND IN THE TEMPLE.
DICATIONS OF A DISEASED MIND. HIS EARLY FRIENDS,
HILL. THE NONSENSE CLUB. 1749. CowPER articled to Mr. Chapman.
15 Thurlow his fellow clerk
16 His idleness.
ib. Takes chambers in the Temple
17 First appearance of his malady
18 He thinks his cure supernatural
19 1754. Called to the bar.
20 1756. Death of his father
21 1757. Removes to the Inner Temple
ib. Commissioner of bankrupts.
ib. His first love
22 Verses on his disappointment
23 His early poems preserved by Miss Cowper This disappointment not the cause of his inadness.
24 1758. Translation of a Latin letterwritten by him at this time, Aug. 17. ib. Cowper of a poetical family .
25 The Nonsense Club
1762. Letter to Mr. Clotworthy Rowley, Sept. 2.
CHURCHILL. COWPER'S EARLY POLITICS. HIS ADMIRATION OF CHURCHILL.
He is ordained to a curacy in Somersetshire
Succeeds his father in the curaey of St. John's, Westminster 50
Compounds with his creditors
Assisted by Dr. Lloyd.
Separation from his wife
Lloyd's acknowledgment of his superiority
Churchill concerned in the North Briton
Scheme of publishing in Franceto annoythe English government 57
Churchill's popularity .
He resigns his cure
Lives with a mistress
Cowper's admiration of Churchill
Cowper's political opinions
His relations subscribe to an allowance for him
Takes lodgings at Huntingdon
Departure from St. Alban's .
Feelings on first finding himself among strangers
Resumes his intercourse with Hill.
Writes to Lady Hesketh
His emotions when he had seen her last.
Cowper likes his place of abode
His difficulty in housekeeping
State of his finances
Diminution of his acquaintances
Hill visits him
His spirits sink in solitude
1766. Letter to Lady Hesketh, March 6
His way of life
On his own straitened circumstances, and Mr. Hill's offer of
The repeated invitation declined
Mr Newton's income as curate
Mr. Thornton allows him £.200 a year.
Cowper supplied with means for assisting the poor by Mr. Thornton ib.
Cowper assists Mr. Newton in composing the Osney Hymns · 169
Extracts from Mr. Newton's letters to Mr. Thornton during
Opinion of Gray.
Riot in consequence
Feelings on Mr. Newton's departure
Thurlow made Chancellor
Delay of the press.