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Autograph Letter about 'Mr Madan's Will'

 
Autograph Letter about 'Mr Madan's Will' by COWPER, William (1790)
Author: COWPER, William
Title: Autograph Letter about 'Mr Madan's Will'
 
Year: 1790
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
 
Price: £500
 
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Autograph letter by the English poet William Cowper following the death of his cousin, Martin Madan, the notorious advocate of polygamy. Single leaf without its conjugate address leaf written in brown ink on laid paper, addressed to an unnamed 'Sir' and signed in Cowper's usual manner, 'Wm Cowper'. The poet reports that he has 'given orders by Mrs [Jane] Madan's desire, to Mr Hall to bring you the Probate or Exemplification of Mr Madan's will' with the request that it be sent on to Jane Madan for signing 'after which she will return it to you, who will be so kind to have take the necessary steps for sending both abroad.' Additionally a postscript about finishing the business 'at Doctors commons as I understand 'til some 5 or 6 days hence.' Old folds and a little browning, a couple of tiny closed tears. William Cowper was one of the most popular poets of his time and a key figure in English poetry in the generation preceding the emergence of the Romantic poets. He was the nephew of the poet Judith Madan who was mother to the clergyman and advocate of polygamy Martin Madan whose death in 1790 appears to be the subject of this letter. It is an unintended irony of the letter that Cowper's scrupulous handling of the nonetheless complex details relating to his cousin's will and subsequent power of attorney is testimony, if needed, to the significant legal advantages of monogamy over Martin Madan's posited alternative.
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