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To the Rev.John Newton, Jan. 13, 1787. Inscription

for Mr. Unwin's tomb; government of Providence in

his poetical labours


To Lady Hesketh, Jan. 18, 1787. Suspension of his

translation by fever; his sentiments respecting dreams;

visit of Mr. Rose


To Samuel Rose, Esq., July 24, 1787. On Burns' poems 248

Remarks on Burns and his poetry


Passages from his poems


To Samuel Rose, Esq., Aug. 27, 1787.

Invitation to

Weston ; state of Cowper's health ; remarks on Bar-

clay's “ Argenis,” and on Burns


To Lady Hesketh, August 30, 1787. Improvement in

his health ; kindness of the Throckmortons


To the same, Sept. 4, 1787. Delay of her coming ; Mrs.

Throckmorton's uncle; books read by Cowper


To the same, Sept. 15, 1787. His meeting with her

friend, Miss J. ; new gravel-walk


To the same, Sept. 29, 1787. Remarks on the relative

situation of Russia and Turkey


To the Rev. John Newton, Oct. 2, 1787. Cowper con-

fesses that for thirteen years he doubted Mr. N.'s

identity; acknowledgments for the kind offers of the

Newtons; preparations for Lady Hesketh's coming 261

To Samuel Rose, Esq., Oct. 19, 1787. State of his

health; strength of local attachments


To the Rev. John Newton, Oct. 20, 1787. His miserable

state during his recent indisposition; petition to Lord

Dartmouth in behalf of the Rev. Mr. Postlethwaite 265

To Lady Hesketh, Nov. 10, 1787. On the delay of her

coming; Cowper's kitten; changes of weather foretold

by a leech


To Joseph Hill, Esq., Nov. 16,

sent occupation


To Lady Hesketh, Nov. 27, 1787. Walks and scenes

about Weston; application from a parish clerk for a

copy of verses ; papers in “The Lounger;" anecdote

of a beggar and vermicelli soup

. 269

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To Lady Hesketh, Dec. 4, 1787. Character of the



To the Rev. Walter Bagot, Dec. 6, 1787. Visit to Mr.

B.'s sister at Chichely; Bishop Bagot; a case of ridi-

culous distress


To Lady Hesketh, Dec. 10, 1787. Progress of his

Homer; changes in life


To Samuel Rose, Esq., Dec. 13, 1787. Requisites in a

translator of Homer


To Lady Hesketh, Jan. 1, 1788. Extraordinary coinci-

dence between a piece of his own and one of Mr.

Merry's; The Poet's New Year's Gift;" compulsory

inoculation for small-pox


To the Rev. Walter Bagot, Jan. 5, 1788. Translation

of the commencing lines of the Iliad, by Lord

Bagot; revisal of Cowper's translation ; the clerk's


To Lady Hesketh, Jan, 19, 1788. His engagement with

Homer prevents the production of occasional poems;

remarks on a new print of Bunbury's


To the Rev. John Newton, Jan. 21, 1788. Reasons for

not writing to him ; expected arrival of the Rev. Mr.

Bean; changes of neighbouring ministers; narrow

escape of Mrs. Unwin from being burned


To Lady Hesketh, Jan. 30, 1788. His anxiety on ac-

count of her silence .


To the same, Feb. 1, 1788. Excuse for his melancholy;

his Homer; visit from Mr. Greatheed


Causes of Cowper's correspondence with Mrs. King


To Mrs. King, Feb. 12, 1788. Reference to his de-

ceased brother; he ascribes the effect produced by his


To Samuel Rose, Esq., Feb. 14, 1788. A sense of the

value of time the best security for its improvement;

Mr. C-; brevity of human life illustrated by Homer 297

Commencement of the efforts for the abolition of the

slave trade


To Lady Hesketh, Feb. 16, 1788. On negro slavery ;

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Part the Second_Continued.

The completion of the second volume of Cowper's poems formed an important period in his literary history. It was the era of the establishment of his poetical fame. His first volume had already laid the foundation; the second raised the superstructure, which has secured for him à reputation as honourable as it is likely to be lasting. He was more particularly indebted for this distinction to his inimitable production, « The Task,” a work which every succeeding year has increasingly stamped with the seal of public approbation. If we inquire into the causes of its celebrity, they are to be found not merely in the multitude of poetical beauties, scattered throughout the poem ; it is the faithful delineation of nature and of the scenes of real life; it is the vein of pure and elevated morality, the exquisite sensibility of feeling, and the powerful appeals to the heart and conscience, which constitute its great charm



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