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William Cowper (1731 - 1800)
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William Cowper was the son of a Hertfordshire rector and was educated at a local boarding school and Westminster School. He studied law at the Inner Temple in London, but never practised it as a career. He suffered from depression all his life and his mental health was fragile. The strain on his mind was increased by his father's decision to ban him from marrying his first love, his cousin Theodora Cowper.

In 1763 the prospect of an examination for a job in the House of Lords caused a mental..
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A fool must now and then be right, by chance.
- William Cowper
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