ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Nathaniel Cotton

(1705-1788)


Nathaniel Cotton, who studied medicine with Boerhaave at Leyden, set up a practice at St. Albans specializing in mental disorders where his most famous patient was William Cowper. Cotton contributed to periodicals and to Dodsley's Collection of Poems; his Visions in Verse, a collection of moral verses for children, was frequently reprinted. Cotton was friendly with Dissenters and his son (of the same name) was one of the first students at the Warrington Academy (1759).


TEXT RECORDS:

1746Detraction. A Vision.
1746The Temple of Hymen. A Vision.
1751 ca.Health, an Allegory: in a Letter to a Lady.
1751 ca.On Zeal.
1751Vision I. Slander. Inscrib'd to Miss *****
1751Vision II. Pleasure.
1751Vision III. Health.
1751Vision IV. Content.
1751Vision V. Happiness.
1751Vision VI. Friendship.
1751Vision VII. Marriage. Inscribed to Miss *****
1751Vision VIII. Life.

PUBLICATIONS:

Dissertatio medica inauguralis, de variolis, etc. 1730.
Observations on a particular kind of scarlet feaver. 1749.
Visions in verse, for the entertainment and instruction of younger minds. 1751.
Various pieces in verse and prose. 2 vols, 1791.