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To Joseph Hill, Esq., Feb. 27, 1785. Inquiry con-

cerning his health, and account of his own . .

To the Rev. John Newton, March 19, 1785. Uses and

description of an old card table; want of exercise

during the winter; petition against concessions to

Ireland .

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.

.

. 18

To the Rev. William Unwin, March 20, 1785. Remarks

on a Nobleman's eye ; progress of his new volume;

political reflections; celebrity of “ John Gilpin” . 22

To the Rev. John Newton, April 9, 1785. On the pre-

diction of a destructive earthquake, by a German

ecclesiastic

. . . . . . . 25

To the Rev. John Newton, April 22, 1785. On the po-

pularity of “ John Gilpin"

. . 27

To the Rev. William Unwin, April 30, 1785. On the
a celebrity of “ John Gilpin ;" progress of Cowper's

new volume ; Mr. Newton's sentiments in regard to
him; mention of some old acquaintances; discovery of

a bird's nest in a gate-post
To the Rev. John Newton, May 1785. Sudden death

of Mr. Ashburner; remarks on the state of Cowper's

mind; reference to his first acquaintance with Newton 32

To the Rev. John Newton, June 4, 1785. Character of

the Rev. Mr. Greatheed; completion of Cowper's new

volume; Bacon's monument of Lord Chatham . 35

To Joseph Hill, Esq., June 25, 1785. Cowper's summer.

house; dilatoriness of his bookseller

. 37

To the Rev. John Newton, June 25, 1785. Allusion to

the mental depression under which Cowper laboured ;
Nathan's last moments; complaint of Johnson's delay;

effects of drought; tax on gloves ,
To the Rev. John Newton, July 9, 1785. Mention of

letters in praise of his Poems; conduct of the Lord
Chancellor and G. Colman ; reference to the comme-

moration of Handel ; cutting down of the spinney 42

To the Rev. William Unwin, July 27, 1785. Violent

thunder-storm ; courage of a dog; on the love of

Christ

• . 46

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To the Rev. John Newton, Aug. 6, 1785. Feelings on

the subject of authorship; reasons for introducing John

Gilpin in his new volume . . . . 49

To the Rev. John Newton, Aug. 17, 1785. Reasons

for not writing to Mr. Bacon ; Dr. Johnson's Diary ;

illness of Mr. Perry . . . . 54

Character of Dr. Jobnson's Diary . . . . 57

Extracts from it .

Arguments for the necessity of conversion . . 60

Johnson's neglect of the Sabbath . .

62

Testimony of Sir William Jones respecting the Holy

Scriptures

To the Rev. William Unwin, Aug. 27, 1785. Thanks for

presents; his second volume of poems; remarks on

Dr. Johnson's Journal ; claims of who and that . 63

To the Rev. John Newton, Sept. 24, 1785. Recollections

of Southampton ; recovery of Mr. Perry; proposed

Sunday school

Origin of Sunday schools . . . . 70

Their utility :
Sentiments of the late Rev. Andrew Fuller on the Bible

Society and on Sunday Schools . . .

To Joseph Hill, Esq., Oct. 11, 1785. Cowper excuses

himself for not visiting Wargrave; on his printed epis.

tle to Mr. Hill .

. 72

· Renewal of Cowper's intimacy with his cousin, Lady

Hesketh i .

To Lady Hesketh, Oct. 12, 1785. Recollections revived

by her letter ; account of his own situation; allusion to

his uncle's health ; necessity of mental employment for

himself

To the Rey. John Newton, Oct. 16, 1785. On the death

of Miss Cunningham ; expected removal of the Rev.

Mr. Scott from Olney ; Mr. Jones, steward of Lord

Peterborough, burned in effigy . . . . 78

To the Rev. William Unwin, Oct. 22, 1785. Progress of

his translation of Homer; course of reading recom-

mended for Mr. Unwin's son

. 82

To the Rev. John Newton, Nov. 5, 1785. On his tar-

diness in writing ; remarks on Mr. N.'s narrative of his

life ; strictures on Mr. Heron's critical opinions of

Virgil and the Bible ; lines addressed by Cowper to

Heron

84

Remarks on Heron's "Letters on Literature” . . 88

To Joseph Hill, Esq., Nov. 7, 1785. On the interruptions

experienced by men of business from the idle . 90

To Lady Hesketh, Nov.9, 1785. Reference to his poems;

he signifies his acceptance of her offer of pecuniary aid;

his translation of Homer; description of his person : 91

To the same, without date. His feelings towards her;

allusion to his translation of Homer . . . 95

To the Rev. Walter Bagot, Nov. 9, 1785. On Bishop

Bagot's Charge

To the Rev. John Newton, Dec. 3, 1785. Causes which

led him to undertake the translation of Homer ; visit

from Mr. Bagot; renewal of his correspondence with

Lady Hesketh ; complains of indigestion . . 97

To the same, Dec. 10, 1785. On the favourable reports

of his last volume of poems; censure of Pope's Homer 101

To the Rev. William Unwin, Dec. 24, 1785. On his

translation of Homer

. 104

To Joseph Hill, Esq., Dec. 24, 1785. On his translation

of Homer

. . . . 105

To the Rev. William Unwin, Dec. 31, 1785. On his

negociation with Johnson respecting the Translation

of Homer; want of bedding among the poor of Olney . 106

To Lady Hesketh, Jan. 10, 1786. His consciousness of

defects in his poems; on his Translation of Homer. 109

To the Rev. William Unwin, Jan, 14, 1786. On Mr.

Unwin's introduction to Lady Hesketh ; specimen of
Cowper's translation of Homer, sent to General Cowper;
James's powder; what is a friend good for? unrea-

sonable censures .

112

To the Rev. John Newton, Jan. 14, 1786. On his

Translation of Homer.

. 114
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To the Rev. Walter Bagot, Jan. 15, 1786. Explanation

of the delay in the publication of his proposals ; al-
lusion to Bishop Bagot

. . 115

To the same, Jan. 23, 1786. Dr. Maty's intended re-

view of “The Task ;" Dr. Cyril Jackson's opinion of

Pope's Homer

. . . . . . 117

To Lady Hesketh, Jan, 31, 1786. Acknowledgment of

presents from Anonymous; state of his health ; pro-

gress of his translation of Homer; correspondence

with General Cowper . . . . 119

To the same, Feb. 9, 1786. Anticipations of a visit from

her ; description of the vestibule of his residence . 122

To the same, Feb. 11, 1786. He announces that he

bas sent off to her a portion of his translation of

Homer; effect of criticisms on his health ; promise

of Thurlow to Cowper . . . . 125

To the Rev. John Newton, Feb. 18, 1786. On their

correspondence; bis translation of Homer; proposed

mottoes ..

128

To Lady Hesketh, Feb. 19, 1786. Preparations for her

expected visit; character of Homer; criticism on

Cowper's specimen . . . . . 130

To the Rev. Walter Bagot, Feb. 27, 1796. Condolence

on the death of his wife ..

. . 133

To Lady Hesketh, March 6, 1786. On elisions in his

Homer; progress of the work . . . 134

To the Rev. W. Unwin, March 13, 1786. Character of

the critic to whom he had submitted his Homer . 138

To the Rev. John Newton, April 1, 1786. Expected

visitors .

.

.

. 139

To Joseph Hill, Esq, April 5, 1786. Reasons for declin-

ing to make any apology for his translation of Homer . 141

Motives which induced Cowper to undertake a new version 142

To Lady Hesketh, April 17, 1786. Description of the

Vicarage at Olney, where lodgings had been taken for

her; Mrs. Unwin's sentiments towards her; letter

from Anonymous; his early acquaintance with Lord

Thurlow

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