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1. Collections, 1798-1963
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists primarily of correspondence among Cowper, his family, friends, and editors. The primary correspondents include Sir John Carr, William Hayley, Lady Hesketh, John Johnson, Mrs. King, John Newton, Samuel Rose, and Samuel Teedon. Additionally, there are assorted poetry and prose manuscripts by both Cowper and others, including "The Norfolk Mss" and "The Four Ages" by Cowper; epilogue to The Sea-Side Hero and dedication to Lord Moira for The Stranger in Ireland by John Carr; and passage for "Life of Crashaw" and passage for Lord Sheffield's edition of Gibbon's Miscellaneous Works and Memoirs by William Hayley. Among the memorabilia and miscellaneous materials are engravings of Cowper, receipts signed by Alexander Pope, a fragment of Cowper's "Yardley Oak," and tombstone rubbings of Cowper's family.
Titles of bound volumes in the collection:
bd. vol. no. 1 = Cowper / Hesketh correspondence
bd. vol. no. 2, v. 1-2 = Cowper / Newton correspondence, I. 1771-1784 and II. 1785-1797
bd. vol. no. 3 = Cowper / Teedon correspondence in bound volume
bd. vol. no. 4 = Newton / Thorton correspondence
bd. vol. no. 5 = "A Vindication of Hayley's Life of Cowper"
bd. vol. no. 6 = Commonplace book
bd. vol. no. 7 = "Abridgement of Rev. Dr. Thomas Burnet's A Treatise Concerning the State of Departed Souls, Before, and at, and After the Resurection "
bd. vol. no. 8 = "The Norfolk Mss"
bd. vol. no. 9 = Unpublished poems by Willian Cowper, Esq.
bd. vol. no. 10 = "The Four Ages"
The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed, ANS = autograph note signed, AMs = autograph manuscript, n.y. = no year.
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No appraisal information is available.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
1. Collections; Neilson Campbell Hannay Collection of William Cowper, C0134, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1