The Ridpath Library Of Universal Literature (volume 7); A Biographical And Bibliographical Summary…

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byJohn Clark Ridpath

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... COW PER, William, a renowned English poet, born at Great Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England, November 15, 1731; died at East Dereham, Norfolk, April 25, 1800. His father was Rector of Berkhamstead and sprang from an ancient family, which could trace its descent in an uninterrupted line to the time of Edward IV. (1450). His mother, Ann Donne, was daughter of the Dean of St. Paul's, who was descended from Henry III. (1250), through four distinct lines. She died when William, her eldest living boy, was six years old, leaving besides him an infant son. A few months after his mother's death Cowper was placed at a private school, where for two years he was cruelly bullied by the elder pupils. At the age of fourteen he was placed in Westminster School, where he became an excellent scholar. At seventeen he was articled to a London solicitor; but he paid no attention to legal studies. His uncle, Ashley Cowper, a man of considerable fortune, resided in London, and it was arranged that the youth should pass his Sundays at his uncle's residence. Mr. Ashley Cowper had two daughters, Theodora and Harriet, just growing up into womanhood. A warm attachment sprang up between William Cowper and his cousin Theodora. Harriet became in time the wife of Mr. Hesketh, afterward made a baronet. When he came of age he received, through the influence of an uncle, a small government appointment, and took chambers in the Inner Temple, ostensibly to study law, and at the age of twenty-four was formally called to the bar, but with no purpose of practising the profession. There were two or three government positions to which the right of nomination was vested in one of his uncles; and he looked forward to obtaining one of these. Mr. Ashley Cowper began to look unfavorably upon a marri...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... COW PER, William, a renowned English poet, born at Great Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England, November 15, 1731; died at East...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.3 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217105335

ISBN - 13:9780217105330

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