those bricky towres, The which on Themmes brode aged backe doe ryde, Where now the studious lawyers have their bowers, There whylome wont the Templer Knights to byde, Till they decayd through pride.SPENSER, Prothalamion
Within the Temple Hall we were too lowd. The Garden here is more conuenient.
'WILLIELMUS COWPERffilius et Hæres Apparens...Reverendi Johannis Cowper' was admitted into the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple on 29 April 1748. After his admission he had no associations with the society until November 1753.1 Presumably he had left Chapman's some time during that year. In March he was visiting in Drayton.2 And in July he arranged for admission to Gray's Inn3--probably in a desperate attempt to find chambers anywhere in one of the Inns. He did not, however, find rooms until autumn. According to the Students' Ledger of the Middle Temple, it seems that he took his 'complete set of chambers' there on 15 November 1753. He had finally been successful in obtaining the rooms of John Alexander Stainsby, who had recently migrated to the Inner Temple.4 Cowper made payment of his fines the following____________________