Elegy on the Death of Miss Caroline Campbell, Daughter of…

~ Elegy on the Death of Miss Caroline Campbell, Daughter of the Right Honourable Lord William Campbell. [London. 1789.]

4to (237 × 182 mm), pp. [2], 4, plus final blank; first and last pages lightly browned, torn along spine; small duplicate stamp to penultimate page; disbound.

First edition in book form. Henry Seymour Conway, soldier, politician, and noted opponent of the war in America, was moved to write these lines following the death of Caroline Campbell, his wife’s niece, at their town house on 12 January 1789. It first appeared in the World and the London Chronicle the month after her death, then separately here.

Conway was a good friend of Horace Walpole all his life. The Elegy is ‘sometimes assigned to the Strawberry Hill Press, but not accepted by Hazen, Strawberry Hill, 40’ (ESTC). Walpole himself called the poem ‘very easy and genteel’. Not in Jackson.

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