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Persecution in London. Institution of Classes.
Mr. Wesley charged with being a Papist. His
sabors in Yorkshire, Northumberland, and Lin-
colnshire. Death of Mrs. Susanna Wesley. La-
vors and persecutions of Mr. Charles Wesley in
Staffordshire and Yorkshire. Increase of the So.
cieties. Mr. Wesley's dangerand escape at Wed-

Mr. Wesley's sickness in Ireland. Letter to
the Commissioners of Excise. Visit to the Isle of
Man. Opening of City-road Chapel. “Arini.
nian Magazine.” Disputes in the society at Bath.
Mr. Wesley's Letter to a Nobleman. His visit to
Holland. Deed of Declaration." Romarko.. 72




ter. His Hymns. Remarks. Mr. Montgome.

State of the Societies in America. Ordination

ry's “ Psalmist." Anecdote of the Rev. Samuel
of Superintendents and Elders for the American Wesley, sen. Mr. Wesley's continued labors.
Societies. Remarks. Dr. Coke. Mr. Asbury.

Reflections on entering his eighty-eighth year.


Mr. C. Wesley's Remonstrances.


Last Sickness.

Funeral. Epitaph.

for Scotland. Remarks. Mr. Wesley's second

Sketches of his character by different writers.... 85

visit to Holland. His labors in England, Ireland,
and the Norman Isles. Return to London. Ro

marks. Extract from a Sermon by Bishop Cop-
plestone. Mr. Wesley's reflections on the pro-

Mr. Wesley and the Church. Modern Method

gress of the work..

76 ism and the Church. Charges refuted. Mr.

Wesley's Writings. Extent of the Metbodiat


Societies at his death, and at the present time.

Death of Mr. Charles Wesley. His Charac- Conclusion...



Dependence upon Divine direction the best sup-

port in affliction. Forms some new connections.

His parentage. Loss of his mother. Poetic

Becomes acquainted with the Unwin family.

description of her character. First school. Cru-

Happiness he experienced in their company.... 115

elty he experienced there. First serious im-
pressions. Is placed under the care of an emi-


nent oculist. Entrance upon Westminster School.

Character while there. Removal thence. En- Cowper becomes an inmate of Mr. Unwin's

trance upon an attorney's office. Want of em- family. Is much delighted with their society.

ployment there. Unfitness for his profession.

Describes the manner in which they spent their

Early melancholy impressions....

His opinion respecting the knowledge

which Christians will have of each other in hea-


What will engage their thoughts there.

Just views of Christian friendship. Strength of

Entrance into the Temple. Employment there.

his religious affections. Humbling views of bim-

Depression of his miud. Religious impressions. self. Melancholy death of Mr. Unwin. Cow-

Visit to Southampton. Sudden removal of sor.

per's reflections upon it. Mr. Newton's unex-

Death of his father. Appointment to the

pected but providential visit to Mrs. Unwin. Cow-

office of reading clerk in the House of Lords.
Dread of appearing in public. Consequent aban.

per's determination to remain with the family.

Their removal from Huntingdon to Olney...... 115
donment of the situation. Is proposed as clerk
of the Journals. Feelings on the occasion. Vi.


sit to Margate. Return to London. Preparation

for entering upon his office. Distressing sensa- Commencement of Cowper's intimacy with

tions on the occasion. Is compelled to relinquish Mr. Newton. Pleasure it afforded him. His

it for ever. Serious attack of depression. Visit

charitable disposition. Means provided for its

of his brother....

107 indulgence, by the muniticence of the late J.

Thornton, Esq. Mr. Thornton's death. Cow-


per's poetic tribute to his memory. Remarks on

His removal to St. Alban's. Paivful state of

the insufficiency of earthly objects to afford peace

his mind there. Receives a visit from his brother.

to the mind. His great anxiety for the spiritual

Good effects of it. His recovery. How it was

welfare of his correspondents. Consolatory re-

effected. His subsequent happiness. Pleasing

marks addressed to his cousin. Severe affliction

conversation with Dr. Cotton. The delightful

of his brother. Cowper's great concern on his

manner in which he now passed his time. De.

behalf. Happy change that takes place in his

scription of his experience. His gratitude to

brother's sentiments on religious subjects. His

God. Employs his brother to look ont for him a

death. Cowper's reflections on it. Deep im-

new residence. Leaves St. Alban's. Feelings

pression it made npon his mind. Description of

on the occasion.


his brother's character. Engages with Mr. New.

ton to write the Olney Hymns. Cowper's severe




Removal to Huntingdon. Sensations there.


Engages in public worship for the first time after
his recovery. Delight it afforded him. Com. Great severity of Cowper's mental depression.
menceg a regular correspondence with some of His presentiment of it. Its consequences. Ro-
his friends. Pleasure he experienced in writing marks upon its probable cause. Absurdity of at-
on religious subjects. Anxiety of his mind for tributing it, in any degree, to religion. Mrs. Un-
the spiritual welfare of his former associates. At- win's great attention to him. His aversion to the
tributes their continuance in sin chiefly to infi- company of strangers. Symptoms of his reco-
delity. Folly of this. Beauty of the Scriptures. very. Domesticates three leverets. Amusement
Absurdity of attributing events to second causes, they afford him. Mr. Newton's removal from
instead of to the overruling providence of God. Olney. Introduction of Mr. Bull to Cowper.


His translation of Madame de la Guyon's poems, neral Cowper and the Rev. Dr. Bagot. Congo-
at Mr. Bull's request. Commerces his original latory letter to the latter....


productions, at the suggestion of Mrs. Unwin.

Renews his correspondence with Mr. and Mrs.


Newton. Describes the state of his mind....... 126

Pleasure he enjoyed in his new residence. Sud-


den death of Mrs. Unwin's son. Cowper's dis-

tress on the occasion. Experiences a severe at-
Makes preparations for publishing his first vo- tack of illness. Is compelled to relinquish, for a
lume. Reasons assigned for it. Beneficial effects time, his labors of translation, Mr. Rose's first
of composition on his mind. His comparative visit to him. His sudden recovery. Manner of
indifference to the success of his volume. Great spending his time. Peculiarities of his case. Is
care, nevertheless, with which he composed it. dissuaded from resuming his translation. His de-
His readiness to avail himself of the assistance termination to persevere in it. Applies to it with
and advice of his friends. The interest which the utmost diligence. Great care with which he
Mr. Newton took in his publication. Writes the translated it. His admiration of the original.
preface for the volume. Cowper's judicious re- Providential preservation of Mrs. Unwin. His
ply to some objections that bad been made to it. painful depression unremoved.......


Publication of the volume. Manner in which it

was received. Continuance of Cowper's depres-


sion. State of bis mind respecting religion. His

Pressing invitations of his friends to write a

warm attachment to the leading truths of the gos-

poem on the Slave Trade. Reasons for declining

pel. Ardent desires to make his volume the


it. Correspondence with Mrs. King. Particular

means of conveying them to others....

description of his feelings. Death of Sir Ashley


Cowper. Description of his character. Great

severity of Cowper's depression. Is again urged

Commencement of Cowper's acquaintance with to write on the Slave Trade. Again declines it.

Lady Austin. Pleasure ii affords him. Poetic Assigns particular reasons for it. His indefa-

epistle to her. Her removal to Olney. Benefi- tigable application to Homer. Notice he took of

cial influence of her conversational powers on passing events. Mr. and Mrs. Newton's visit to

Cowper's mind. Occasion of his writing John Weston. The pleasure it afforded Cowper. Lady

Gilpin. Lines composed at Lady Austin's re- Hesketh's visit. Completion of the Iliad, and

quest. Induced by her to commence writing The commencement of the Odyssey. His unwearied

Task. Principal object he had in view in com- application to Homer not allowed to divert his at-

posing it. Sudden and final separation from tention from religion. Occasional composition of

Lady Austin. Occasional severity of bis depres- original poetry. Readiness to listen to uny altera-

sive malady. Hopes entertained by his friends of tion that might be suggested in his productions.. 155

his ultimate recovery:

His own opinion upon it.


Pleasing proofs of the power of religion on his

wind. Tenderness of his conscience. Serious

Mrs. Unwin much injured by a fall. Cowper's

reflections. Aversion to religious deception and

anxiety respecting her. Continues incessantly

pretended piety. Bigotry and intolerance, with

engaged in his Homer. Expresses regret that it

their opposite vices, levity and indifference, deplor-

should, in some measure, have suspended his cor-

ed. Sympathy with the sufferings of the poor. respondence with his friends. Revises a small

Enviabie condition of such of them as are pious, volume of poems for children. State of his mind.

compared with the rich who disregard religion... 134 Receives as a present from Mrs. Bodham, a por

trait of his mother. Feelings on the occasion.


Interesting description of her character. His af-

Publication of Cowper's second volume of

fectionate attachment to her. Translates a series

poems. Manner in which it was received by the

of Latin letters from a Dutch minister of the gos-

public. His feelings on the occasion. Great self- pel. Continuance of his depression. Is attack-

abasement. Renewal of his correspondence with

ed with a nervous fever. Completion of his trans-

Lady Ilesketh. Acceptance of her proffered as-

lation. Death of Mrs. Newton. His reflections

sistance. Her projected visit to Olney. Cow on the occasion. Again revises his Homer. His

per's pleasing an:icipations of its results. Her unalterable attachment to religion..


arrival. Cowper's removal from Olney to Weston.
His intimacy with the Throckmortons. Happi-


ness it afforded hiin.....


Publication of his Homer. Anxiety respecting


it. To whom dedicated. Benefits he had derived

from it. Feels the want of employment. Pre-

Extracts from his correspondence. Description pares materials for a splendid edition of Milton's
of the deep seriousness that generally pervaded poetic works. Vindicates his character. Attempts
his mind." His remarks to justify his removal of his friends to dissuade him from his new en-
from Olney. Vindicates himself and Mrs. Un- gagement. His replies. The commencement of
win from unjust aspersions. Reasons for under- his acquaintance with Mr. Hayley. Pleasure it af-
taking the translation of Homer. His opinion of forded Mr. Hayley. Mrs. Unwin's first attack of
Pope's. Unremitting attention to his own. In- paralysis. Manner in which it affected Cowper.
monse pains he bestowed upon it. His readiness Remarks on Milton's labors. Reply to Mr. New-
to avail himself of the assistance of others. Vex- ton's letter for original composition. Continu-
ation he experienced from a multiplicity of critics. ance of his depression. First letter from Mr.
Just remarks upon criticism. Determination to Hayley. Unpleasant circumstances respecting it.
persevere in his work. Justifies himself for un- Mr. Hayley's first visit to Weston. Kind manner
dertaking it. Pleasure he took in relieving the in which he was received. Mrs. Unwin's second
poor. Renewal of his correspondence with Ge- severe paralytic attack. Cowper's feelings on



the occasion. Mr. Hayley's departure. Cowper's kindly undertaken by Lady Hesketh. Mr. Hay.
warm attachment to him. Reflections on the re- ley's anxieties respecting him. Is invited by Mr.
cent changes he had witnessed. Promises to visit Greathead to pay Cowper another visit. Com-
Eartham. Makes preparations for the journey. plies with the invitation. Arrival at Weston.
Peculiarity of his feelings on the occasion.... 166 How he is received by Cowper. Inefficiency of

the means employed to remove bis depression.


Handsome pension allowed him by His Majesty.

Journey to Eartham. Incidents of it. Safe His removal from Weston to Norfolk, under the
arrival Description of its beauties. Employ- care of the Rev. J. Johnson. Death of Mrs. Une
ment there. Reply to a letter from Mr. Hurdis, win. How it affected Cow per. Recovers suffi-
on the death of his sister. State of Cowper's ciently to resume bis application to Homer. Fi-
mind at Eartham. His great attention to Mrs. nishes his notes. Letter to Lady Hesketh, de-
Unwin. Return to Weston. Interview with Ge- scriptive of his feelings. Composes some origi-
neral Cowper. Safe arrival at their beloved re- nal poems. Translates some of Gay's fables into
treat. Violence of his depressive malady. Re- Latin. Rapid decay of his strength. Last illness.
grets the loss of his studious habit. Ineffectual Death ...


efforts to obtain it. Warmth of his affection for

Mr. Hayley. Dread of January. Prepares for


a second edition of Homer. Commences writing

notes upon it. Labor it occasioned him. His

Description of his person, his manners, his dis-

close application. Continuance of his depres- position, his piety. His attachment to the Esta-

sion. Judicious consolatory advice he gives to his blished Church. His attainments. Onginality

friends. Letter to Rev. J. Johnson on his taking of his poetry. His religions sentiments. The

orders. Pleasure it afforded him to find ihat his warmth of his friendship. His attachment to the

relative entered upon the work with suitable feel- British constitution. His industry and persever-

ings. Reply to Mr. Hayley respecting a joint ance. Happy manner in which he could console

literary undertaking..

173 the afflicted. His occasional intervals of enjoy-

ment. Character as a writer. Powers of de-


scription. Beauty of his letters. His aversion

Mr. Hayley's second visit to Weston. Finds to flattery, to affectation, to cruelty. His love of

Cowper busily engaged. Great apprehensions liberty, and dread of its abuse. Strong attach-

respecting him. Mrs. Unwin's increasing infirmi- ment to, and intimate acquaintance with the

ties. Cowper's feelings on account of it. Vigor Scriptures. Pleasure with which he sometimes

of his own mind at this period. Severe altack of viewed the works of creation. Contentment of

depression. Deplorable condition to which he his mind. Extract from an anonymous critic

was now reduced. Management of his affairs Poetic tribute to his memory.



Mr. Spencer's parentage and early years. Love Liverpool. Preaches at Newington chapel. His
of learning. Religious impressions. His inclina- popularity as a preacher. Correspondence. Re-

tion to the Christian Ministry. Apprenticed to turn to the academy. Iuvited by the congregation

a glover in London. Rev. Mr. Heward. Ac- of Newington to become their pastor. Calls from

quaintance with Thomas Wilson, Esq. commenc- other congregations. Acceptance of the call from

ed, under whose patronage he enters upon bis Liverpool. Last sermon at Hoxton...... 228

preparatory studies with the Rev. Mr. Hordle, of

Harwich. Rapid progress in learning. Returns Mr. Spencer cominences his pastoral labors at

to his father's residence in Hertford..

195 Newington chapel. Correspondence. Success

of his ministry. Lays the foundation stone of a

Mr. Spencer's return to Harwich. Resumes new chapel for his congregation. Correspond-
his studies. Interesting correspondence. Papers

Ordination. His first administration of

submitted by Mr. Spencer to the committee of the Lord's Supper. Death. Funeral. Sketch

Hoxton academy...

204 of his character...


Mr. Spencer's entrance at Hoxton. Diligence

APPENDIX.-No. I. Hoxton academy. No. II.

in stady. Vacation. Return to Hertford. First Mr. Spencer's early exercises in preaching.

Sermon. Continues to preach to the country-

No. III. Christ at EMMAUS-a sermon on Luke

people during his stray at Hertford. Hoxton.

xxiv. 32. No. IV. Farewell sermon at Hoxton.

Christmas vacation. First sermon at Hertford.

No. V. Address at laving the foundation stone of
Appointed to assist in the pulpit at Hoxton. At

the new chapel. No. VI. Mr. Spencer's an-
the earnest entreaties of the people, allowed to swers to the questions proposed to him at his or-
preach. First sermon at Hoxton, in his seven-

dination. No. VII. Additional papers. No. Vill.

teenth year. His success and popularity. Itine-

Additional letters...


racy. Correspondence with Mr. John Haddon. 214

A Poem on the Death of Mr. Spencer, by

Mr. Spencer visits and preaches at Brighton.

James Montgomery.


Correspondence. Hoxton. Appointed to deli-

ver anı oration at the academy. Correspondence. Reflections on Mortality. By Charles Buck. 269

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