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Madan, Spencer.


The Call of the Gentiles: a poetical essay. By the Rev. Spencer Madan


Cambridge : printed by J. Archdeacon; for J. & J. Merrill, Cambridge ; J. Dodsley, T. Cadell, B. White and G. Wilkie, London, 1782.

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[2],13,[1]p.; 4.

Two items together. Original or early boards, neatly rebacked. Family copies. Both are signed by Charlotte Warde "Grand Daughter to Mrs. Madan." On the title page of Mrs. Madan's poems, after the author's name, she has added the folowing note "late Miss Judith Cowper, Daughter to Judge Cowper and Niece to Lord Chancellor Cowper. She was Mother to the Revd. Spencer Madan, Lord Bishop of Peterborough and aunt to the Author of the Task. " On the second page of the poem by Spencer Madan's she has written "Charlotte Warde. Sister to the Rev'd Dr. Spencer Madan author of this poem written in his 24th year."

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Not in Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women. Lonsdale, Eighteenth-Century Women Poets, p. 93-96; Janet Todd (ed), A Dictionary of British and American Women writers 1660-1800, p. 206-207.


Judith Madan, aunt of the poet William Cowper. Two ambitious early poems were "Abelard to Eloisa", written in 1720, a response to Pope's famous poem. The second, "The Progress of Poetry," written in about 1721, which surveyed the English poets from Chaucer to Pope, was printed in various magazines and miscellanies but first appeared as a separate poem only in this quarto edition of 1783. Judith Madan's admiration of Pope led to a correspondence in 1722-3, "Pope was apparently flattered by the admiration of a young woman of good family, whom he seems to have met when she was sitting for a portrait to his friend Charles Jervas. He corrected the verse she showed him, encouraged her writing, addressed some lines to her (which he later adapted to Martha Blount in his Epistle to a Lady), and hoped for her friendship. It is not clear how much actual contact there was between them and the correspondence in any case ended in November 1723 shortly before her marriage. For a time he communicated through their common friend Mrs. Caesar but by 1733 she described herself as 'forgotten' by him. (His side of the correspondence was to appear in Letters to a Lady (1769), in which she is not identified, although she presumably approved of its publication." Lonsdale, Eighteenth-Century Women Poets. p. 93.


Bound with and following: MADAN, MRS. JUDITH. The Progress of poetry. By Mrs. Madan. London : Printed for J. Dodsley, 1783. WPRP 52.



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