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- ROBERT SOUTHEY, Esq. LL.D.
POET LAUREATE, ETC.
1. This Volume contains such of Cowper's juvenile Poems as were published by Hayley, those which Mr. Croft published under the title of Early Productions, Cowper's part of the Olney Hymns, the Anti-Thelyphthora, and the volume of Poems by which, in 1782, he first made himself known to the public.
2. The pieces introduced by Hayley in his Life of the Poet, or appended to it, were either obtained from Cowper and Lady Hesketh, or pointed out to him by their author in the books wherein they had been published anonymously.
3. Mr. Croft's little, but most interesting volume appeared with the following title, dedication, and preface.
THE EARLY PRODUCTIONS
WILLIAM COW PER;
NOW FIRST PUBLISHED FROM THE ORIGINALS IN THE POSSESSION OF
WITH ANECDOTES OF THE Poet.
COLLECTED FROM LETTERS OF LADY HESKETH, WRITTEN DURING
HER RESIDENCE AT OLNEY.
LONDON :-PRINTED FOR BALDWIN, CRADOCK, AND JOY.
THE RIGHT HON. COUNTESS COWPER.
When I determined on publishing the following Poems, it was my wish to dedicate them to a lady of taste, and of elegant and amiable manners. With that impression, it was impossible to find any one who had a better claim to that character than Lady Cowper. I need not say, that I feel highly gratified in the opportunity of offering this my tribute of respect to one possessing these qualities in so eminent a degree; the more so, as I am persuaded, had the Poet been living, it would have been done by himself,