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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
DR. WILLIAM L. RICHARDSON
PRINTED BY C. WHITTINGHAM, TOOKS COURT.
MEMOIR OF COWPER.
-Formed by Nature, as by Virtue form'd
TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF COWPER.
WILLIAM CowPER was the eldest son of the Reverend John Cowper, Rector of Berkhampstead, in Hertfordshire, and was born at that place on the 15th of November, O. S. 1731. His family, which was ancient and respectable, was settled in Sussex in the reign of Edward the Fourth; and in 1641 Sir William Cowper was created a baronet, which dignity descended to his grandson, who left issue two sons. Sir William Cowper, the eldest, became Lord Keeper of the Great Seal to Queen Anne, by whom he was raised to the peerage, and by George the First was created Earl Cowper. Spenser Cowper, the Earl's younger brother, was bred to the bar, and was made Justice of the Common Pleas in 1727. He had three sons, namely, William Cowper,