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CONTENT S.

CHAPTER 1.

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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

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FIRST INTHURLOW.

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CHAPTER IV.

CHURCHILL. COWPER'S EARLY POLITICS. HIS ADMIRATION OF CHURCHILL.

Churchill's marriage.

49

He is ordained to a curacy in Somersetshire

ib.

Succeeds his father in the curaey of St. John's, Westminster 50

Compounds with his creditors

51

Assisted by Dr. Lloyd.

52

Separation from his wife

ib.

The Rosciad

53

Lloyd's acknowledgment of his superiority

54

Churchill's Apology

55

Night.

56

Churchill concerned in the North Briton

ib.

Scheme of publishing in Franceto annoythe English government 57

Churchill's popularity .

58

He resigns his cure

59

Lives with a mistress

ib.

His remorse

61

Cowper's admiration of Churchill

ib.

Cowper's political opinions

62

Political ballads

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His relations subscribe to an allowance for him

ib.

Second hymn

106

Takes lodgings at Huntingdon

ib.

Departure from St. Alban's .

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Feelings on first finding himself among strangers

Resumes his intercourse with Hill.

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Writes to Lady Hesketh

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His emotions when he had seen her last.

ib.

Cowper likes his place of abode

111

His difficulty in housekeeping

ib.

State of his finances

112

Diminution of his acquaintances

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Hill visits him

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On his own straitened circumstances, and Mr. Hill's offer of

assistance.

166

The repeated invitation declined

ib.

Moses Brown.

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Mr Newton's income as curate

168

Mr. Thornton allows him £.200 a year.

ib.

Cowper supplied with means for assisting the poor by Mr. Thornton ib.

Cowper assists Mr. Newton in composing the Osney Hymns · 169

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State of his mind evinced in them.

169

Statement of a marriage engagement with Mrs. Unwin unfounded 171

Second attack of madness

ib.

He fixes himself at Mr. Newton's ,

172

Extracts from Mr. Newton's letters to Mr. Thornton during
Cowper's abode with him .

ib.

Cowper returns to his own house .

. 176

Composes verses during this stage of his malady

. 178

His tame hares

ib.

1776. Letter to Mr. Hill, Nov. 12.

179

His love of literature revives.

180

Opinion of Gray.

ib.

Fire at Olney

181

Illuminations and bonfires there on the 5th of Novemberforbidden 183

Riot in consequence

ib.
Mr. Newton's house threatened

ib.

Effect in determining him to remove

184

Olney Hymns published

ib.

Cases of insanity among his people

185

CHAPTER IX.

FIRST VOLUME OF HIS POEMS. LADY AUSTEN.

Mr. Newton introduces Mr. Bull to Cowper.

186

Feelings on Mr. Newton's departure

ib.

Straitened

his means.

187

Sir Thomas Hesketh's death.

188

Thurlow made Chancellor
Letter to Mr. Unwin stating Cowper's reason for not writing
to Lord Thurlow

ib.

Cowper's green-house .

190

Employs himself in drawing.

191

His neighbours consult him upon points of law

192

He begins his first satire at Mrs. Unwin's suggestion

193

Finishes three more satires in three weeks

194

Motives for publishing.

195

Consents to let his name be affixed.

Mr. Unwin hurt that Mr. Newton should have been employed. ib.

Mr. Newton's criticisms

197

Cowper asks him to write the preface.

199

Delay of the press.

ib.

Useful remarks made in the proof sheets by the publisher 200

Two more satires begun

201

Green-house made a summer retreat

203

Lady Austen

204

She proposes to settle at Olney

206

Epistle in verse to her .

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Interruption of their friendship

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Its renewal.

214

Doubts whether Mr. Newton's preface should be retained 217

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