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  1. Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851.
    [Letter] 1849 August 20, Hall [to] Saidee / J[ames]. Fenimore Cooper.
    Cooper writes to his adopted niece describing the family holiday; he states that Cousin Nina will not reveal his age because he might be younger than her. He goes on to say that he would be well if it weren't for his heel (see a poem Cooper wrote to Saidee on this subject in the collection). Cooper fills Saidee in on family news, where his girls are going next, and tells her that her bridegroom is moping for her and has drunk a bottle of 1758 wine, so she should be prepared to be serenaded in the next fortnight. Hearing that she has read Mohicans, Cooper urges her to "finish Natty" and read Deerslayer, Pathfinder, Mohicans, Pioneers, and Prairie in that order. Though she may like Mohicans best because of the novelty, Cooper cautions her that it is not the best, no matter what Cousin Nina says. Cooper, the 11th of 12 children born to the man who founded Cooperstown and built Ostego Hall, is remembered for his books of sailing and wilderness adventure, including the Leatherstocking Series featuring Natty Bumppo, the most well-known of which is Last of the Mohicans (1826). In addition to enjoying the life of a country gentleman in New York, Cooper also traveled and wrote extensively in Europe.
  2. Cooper, Samuel.
    [Letter] 1817 June 4, Cooperstown [to] L& E Little & Co., merchants, New York/ Samuel Cooper.
    Cooper urges the gentlemen to "quiet your apprehensions" as the money is coming. Cooper may be related to James Fenimore Cooper whose family built Ostego Hall and founded Cooperstown.
  3. Copley, Godfrey, Sir, d. 1709.
    [Letter] 1702/3 March 4, [to] Thomas Kirk, Esq., Yorkshire / G. Copley.
    Copley declares, "Your old Philosopher is gone at last to try experiments with ancestors," having died without a will and in the company of a "Girle" who could not get him help in time. "Thus departed the great Dr. Hook." An additional note indicates that there will be a great promotion of new peers, but that it probably won't affect them much. An English philanthropist (who would himself die in 1709), Copley endowed the fund used since 1736 to award the Copley medal to the best work on experimental philosophy.
  4. Cowper, William, 1731-1800.
    [Letter] 1791 June 26, The Lodge [to] Lady Hesketh, Grosvenor Square, London / William Cowper.
    Cowper writes to his cousin Lady Hesketh to thank her for sending the bills; he states that money is never unwelcome, and is especially helpful now for paying servants' wages and house-rent. Cowper discusses mutual acquaintances Johnny Higgins who is mourning his mother, and Johnson who has the soul of a gentleman, though he is a bookseller. He gives an account of the progress of the village Turnpike, and relates a story about a laboring man who came into Mr. Palmer's shop where Cowper was lying on the counter reposing himself; liking his looks, Cowper gave him a shilling towards his purchase. The man was "all astonishment at my great bounty." Lady Harriot Hesketh (formerly Harriot Cowper) was Cowper's cousin, married to Sir Thomas Hesketh and sister to Theodora Jane Cowper, Cowper's lifelong love, whom straitened finances did not permit him to marry; both women contributed to Cowper's financial support during the period when he boarded with Mary Unwin, the widow of a rector from Norfolk; in this letter Cowper thanks his cousin for sending bonnet designs to Unwin. Though trained as a lawyer, Cowper's greatest professional success came from the publication of poems like "John Gilpin" (1782), The Task (1785), and "The Cast-Away" (1799). During the period when he wrote this letter, Cowper was occupied by his translation of Homer's Iliad (1791), a work in which he had a lifelong interest.
  5. Darwin, Erasmus, 1731-1802.
    [Bank note] 1797 March 16, London, [to] Crompton and Newton / E Darwin [Erasmus Darwin].
    Banknote No.3193 signed by Eramus Darwin to Crompton and Newton (bankers) for putting fifty-four pounds, five shillings and four pence to the account of Joseph Johnson, bookseller.
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