The collection consists of two letters to John Houlton of Farley Castle, Bath. The first letter (January 15, 1827, Bramhill) tells of his impending visit to Houlton in company with Thomas Moore and Lord Lansdowne (the third Marquis) to attend a musical evening. He outlines a suggested programme of songs. In the second letter (January 23, 1827, Bath), he apologizes for his presumption in sending the suggestions; he was unaware that there was a committee for this purpose. Also included is a letter (April 12, 1850) from Arthur Houlton about Bowles, who had just died.
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William Lisle Bowles, an English poet and critic, was born September 24, 1762, King’s Sutton, Northamptonshire, England, and died April 7, 1850, Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was educated at Trinity College, Oxford, and became an Anglican priest in 1792. Bowles is noted principally for his Fourteen Sonnets, published in 1789 an later expanded to 27 sonnets and 27 other poems. He also published verse on political and religious topics.