1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Nathaniel Cotton

William Cowper to Joseph Hill, 11 September 1784; Life and Posthumous Writings, ed. William Hayley (1806) 2:242.



I have never seen Doctor Cotton's book, concerning which your Sisters question me, nor did I know, 'till you mentioned it, that he had written any thing newer than his Visions; I have no doubt that it is so far worthy of him, as to be pious and sensible, and I believe, no man living is better qualified to write on such subjects, as his title seems to announce. Some years have passed since I heard from him, and considering his great age, it is probable, that I shall hear from him no more; but I shall always respect him. He is truly a philosopher, according to my judgment of his character, every tittle of his knowledge in natural subjects, being connected in his mind, with the firm belief of an Omnipotent agent.