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whole truth. Under this impression, could I have followed my own wishes without giving umbrage to others, the private Letters would have been very much increased in number; and I think that those who have read Cowper's familiar Letters and who remember the impressions that they cannot have failed to produce, would have held me excused for my temerity. It is to be regretted that those written to such men as Coleridge and Lamb have been all lost or destroyed : still it is hoped that enough remains to elucidate the character of Mr. Cary.
In connecting together the different papers which form the bulk of these volumes, I have been as brief as possible. My object has been rather to record the little incidents that may serve to give a faithful picture of my father's simple and quiet life, than to write a panegyric on one whose praises, as they represent themselves to me, are more suited to lonely and reverential reflection, than public and wordy description.
Oxford, January 21, 1847.
Mr. Cary's Birth and Parentage.—Disposition in Childhood.
Loss of his Mother. His Education. Publication of Ode
Ode.-Sonnets.--Letters to Miss Seward
Enters at Christ Church.—His College Life.—Letters to Miss
Seward and his Sister.—Poem in Blank Verse, “The
Mountain Seat."-Choice of a Profession.- Lines « On the
Failure of obtaining a Fellowship at College.”—Letters to
38 CHAPTER III.
Mr. Cary's Domestic Pursuits.- Letters to his Wife.—Literary
Journal continued. — Letter to Mr. Price.--Begins the
Death of his Father's Second Wife.—Letter to his Wife.
Sermons.- Letters to his Wife and Mr. Price.—Literary
Mr. Cary is presented to the Vicarage of Kingsbury.—Letter to
his Sister—and to his Wife.—Removes to Kingsbury.—Letter
Mr. Cary's translation of the Inferno of Dante is published.—
Correspondence with Miss Seward about his version of
Mr. Cary resigns the readership of Berkeley Chapel.–Version
of Dante completed and published.—Letters to Mr. and