The Poems of Phillis Wheatley

By Phillis Wheatley; Julian D. Mason Jr. | Go to book overview

Acknowledgments

Grateful acknowledgment is given to the following for permission to use for this edition the items from each of them indicated below:

The American Antiquarian Society for manuscripts of Wheatley's poems "To the University of Cambridge, Wrote in 1767" and "On the Death of the Rev'd Dr. Sewall. 1769"; handwritten notes in a copy of Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects; and information about a copy of Thomas Amory's Daily Devotions once owned by Wheatley and also once owned by the society.

The Beinecke Library of Yale University for the inscription in a copy of John Lathrop's The Importance of Early Piety which was once owned by Wheatley.

The Boston Public Library for a manuscript of Wheatley's letter to Samuel Hopkins of 6 May 1774 (in the Chamberlin Collection in Rare Books and Manuscripts).

The Bowdoin College Library for a manuscript of Wheatley's poem "On the Capture of General Lee."

The Cheshunt Foundation, Westminster College, Cambridge, England, for manuscripts of Wheatley's poem "On the Decease of the Rev'd Dr. Sewell"; letters from Phillis Wheatley to the Countess of Huntingdon of 25 October 1770, 27 June 1773, and 17 July 1773; letters from Susanna Wheatley to the Countess of Huntingdon of 20 February 1773 and 30 April 1773; and letters from Richard Cary to the Countess of Huntingdon of 25 May 1772, 3 April 1773, and 3 May 1773--all of the above from the Papers of the Countess of Huntingdon.

The Connecticut Historical Society for manuscripts of Wheatley's poems "On the Death of Dr. Samuel Marshall" and "To the Rev, Mr. Pitkin, on the Death of his Lady," and a letter from Susanna Wheatley to Samson Occom of 29 March 1773.

The Essex Institute for inscriptions in a copy of Granville Sharp's Remarks on Several Very Important Prophecies, in Five Parts which was once owned by Wheatley.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • On the Reputation of Phillis Wheatley, Poet 23
  • A Note on the Text 35
  • Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral 41
  • Preface 45
  • Other Poems and Variants of Poems 113
  • Letters and Proposals 181
  • A Selected List of Works for Further Reference (From Works Referred To, and from Other Works) 217
  • Index 223
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