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THE O
LIFE AND LETTERS

OF

WILLIAM COWPER, ESQ.

WITH

REMARKS

· ON
EPISTOLARY WRITERS

BY

WILLIAM HAYLEY, ESQ.

A NEW EDITION.

« Observatur oculis ille vir, quo neminem ætas nostra graviorem, sanc-
tiorem, subtiliorem denique tulit: quem ego, quum ex admiratione diligere
cæpissem, quod evenire contrà solet, magis admiratus sum, postquam pe.
nitus inspexi. Inspexi enim penitus: nihil a me ille secretum, non joculare,
non serium, non triste, non lætum.” ..

Piinni Epist. Lib. IV. Ep. 17.

VOL. III.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON AND CO.

ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD.

2 2 MAR 1962

T. Bensley, Printer,
Bolt Court, Fleet Street, London.

THE

LIFE OF COW PER.

The visit of Lady Hesketh, to Olney, led to a very favorable change in the residence of Cowper. He had now passed nineteen years in a scene, that was far from suiting him. The house, he inhabited, looked on a market place, and once, in a season of illness, he was so apprehensive of being incommoded by the bustle of a fair, that he requested to lodge, for a single night, under the roof of his friend Mr. Newton; and he was tempted by the more comfortable situation of the vicarage, to remain fourteen months in the house of his benevolent neighbour. His intimacy with this venerable divine was so great, that Mr. Newton has described it in the following remarkable terms, in memoirs of the poet, which affection induced him to begin, but which the troubles and infirmities of very advanced life have obliged him to relinquish.

vol. 111.

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