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W Hayley


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William Hayley : 

?Here Hayley kept his books and manuscripts and the choicest pieces of his famous collection of Chinese porcelain. The walls were adorned with prints and drawings, and here also hung many paintings by Hayley?s friend George Romney. In this quiet room Mr Hayley and Mrs Opie would spend some hours together reading aloud, sometimes from a manuscript of Hayley?s or sometimes from one of Amelia?s tales.?

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Amelia Opie      Manuscript: Plays


William Hayley : 

?At home, she read with her mother, from Madame de Genlis and from William Hayley.?

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Amelia Opie      Print: Book


W Hayley : A Philosophical, Historical and Moral Essay on Old Maids

An Essay on Old Maids. 3 vols. Has my approbation, although, or because, I am an Old Maid. What is the public opinion, I never heard - nor any opinion - but shall take the first opportunity to discover.

Century: 1700-1799 / 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Ellen Weeton      Print: Book


William Hayley : The Life of Milton


Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Taylor Coleridge      Print: Book


William Hayley : [Life and letters of William Cowper]

Letter to Miss Dunbar May 1802 [see note] 'I will give you my opinion, such as it will be after a hasty perusal, of the poem you had the goodness to send me; but you in return must give me yours of Dr. Cowper?s Malachi. I did not tell you how very ill I have been of the Cowper mania. I do not mean the doctor, but the delightful author of The Task. Read his letters by Hayley, and his life, as I did, and you will find them "Of power to take the captive soul/ And lap it in Elysium."'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Anne Grant [nee MacVicar]      Print: Book


William Hayley : Life and letters of William Cowper

Letter to Mrs F--R July 1803 'Have you read Hayley?s life of that dear amiable saint, Cowper? I have no patience with Hayley for expiating so minutely on Cowper?s praise whose life and works praise him beyond all that he can say...' [continues for a further page]

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Anne Grant [nee MacVicar]      Print: Book


William Hayley : Memoirs of the Life and Writings of William Hayley, Esq ... Written by Himself

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 31 February [sic] 1842: 'I have not very long done with Lewis's memoirs, -- & have actually scarcely laid aside Hayley's Autobiography [goes on to criticise these texts in detail]'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


William Hayley : An Essay on Epic Poetry

Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 23-27 April, 1796 'The Poetry of Spain & Portugal wants taste, & generally, feeling. I should have thought Camoens deficient in feelings if I had only read his Lusiad — but the Sonnets of Camoens are very beautiful. those given by Hayley in his notes to the Essay on Epic P. tho among the best are but a wretched specimen to the English reader. the translations are detestable — & the originals so printed as to be unintelligible. I bought some ballads in Spain in remembrance of Rio Verde — but they prove bad enough. but six months after my return I will tell you more.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Robert Southey      Print: Book


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