Hayley, William, 1745-1820.
Biography and History
William Hayley was an English writer, best known as the friend and biographer of William Cowper. Hayley won the fame he enjoyed among his contemporaries by his poetical essays and epistles, including a Poetical Epistle to an Eminent Painter (1778), addressed to his friend, the painter George Romney. In 1800 Hayley lost his natural son, Thomas Alphonso Hayley, to whom he was devotedly attached. He had been a pupil of John Flaxman, to whom Hayley's Essay on Sculpture (1800) is addressed. Flaxman introduced Hayley to William Blake who engraved the illustrations for the Life of Cowper. This, Hayley's best known work, was published in 1803-1804.
Source: From the finding aid for C1139
Call Number: C0134
Consists of poetry manuscripts, documents, pictorial works, correspondence, and miscellanea relating to the English poet William Cowper (1731-1800), and to his circle of family, friends, and editors, collected by Neilson Campbell Hannay.
Call Number: C0382
Consists of Xerox copies of works and correspondence by William Cowper collected by Princeton professor and scholar Charles Ryskamp, as well as correspondence, notebooks, and miscellaneous material of Neilson Campbell Hannay, another Cowper scholar and collector.
Call Number: C1139
Consists of selected correspondence and poetical manuscripts of English poet William Hayley, the biographer and friend of William Cowper.