The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Volume 1: Lectures, 1795: On Politics and Religion

The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Volume 1: Lectures, 1795: On Politics and Religion

Lewis Patton
Peter Mann
Copyright Date: 1971
Pages: 512
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    The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Volume 1: Lectures, 1795: On Politics and Religion
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    Coleridge began in 1795 a series of public lectures. This volume includes all the printed and manuscript versions of the Bristol lectures in chronological sequence. Among the contents are "Lectures on Revealed Religion, Its Corruption, and Its Political Views" and "Lecture on the Slave-Trade."

    Originally published in 1971.

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Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
    (pp. ix-x)
    (pp. xi-xiii)
    Lewis Patton and Peter Mann
    (pp. xiv-xviii)
    (pp. xix-xxiii)
    • I Coleridge in Bristol 1795: Lecturing and Politics
      (pp. xxiii-lii)

      During the first half of his life Coleridge's pursuits were in large part determined by his friendships. Just prior to and during the period of the Bristol lectures the friend in the ascendancy was Robert Southey, and the lectures were a product of that relationship. They had met in June 1794, when Southey was at Balliol and Coleridge, before going on a walking tour to Wales, had come to Oxford to see an old school friend. They took to one another immediately, sharing as they did many vital interests such as poetry and politics, and their meeting seemed the luckiest...

    • II Six Lectures on Revealed Religion, Its Corruptions and Political Views
      (pp. liii-lxxx)

      A number of motives lay behind the composition of the Lectures on Revealed Religion, or Theological Lectures.¹ The hope of making at least a little money was certainly one; but more important, perhaps, in the early months of 1795 was Coleridge’s need to put in order his intellectual life as he had put in order his personal life by returning to Bristol in January 1795 and accepting his responsibilities there. The attempt to clarify his ideas and beliefs and to adopt a more positive and coherent point of view in politics and religion was the outcome of his reaction against...

  8. A Moral and Political Lecture
    (pp. 1-18)

    DATE AND PLACE OF DELIVERY. Precise dates and place unknown. In a letter to Dyer of late February 1795 Coleridge writes: “Written at one sitting between the hours of twelve at night and the Breakfast Time of the day, on which it was delivered...” (CLI 152). Writing forty-one years later to Cottle, 5 March 1836, Southey said that this first lecture was given in January in the Corn Market(S Letters—Curry—II 448). Cottle says that it was given in the Plume of Feathers in Wine Street (E RecI 20). The anonymous “Q”, a former Bristolian writing...

  9. Condones ad Populum. Or Addresses to the People
    (pp. 19-74)

    DATE AND PLACE OF DELIVERY. In the Preface to this work Coleridge writes: “The two following addresses were delivered in the month of February, 1795...” and at the end of the second address, p 68, appears“February,1795.” In his letter to Dyer of late February 1795 Coleridge writes: “Since I have been in Bristol I have endeavored to disseminate Truth by three political Lectures...” (CLI 152). Southey in 1836 agrees with the number: “... in January 1795... S. T. C. gave his first and second lectures in the Corn Market and his third at a vacant house somewhere...

  10. Lectures on Revealed Religion, Its Corruptions and Political Views
    (pp. 75-230)

    The text is in a bound volume of transcripts of Coleridge materials in the hand of EHC, entitled on the spine “Lectures and Sermons 1795–6”. The transcribing was done on ruled paper—178 folios—and then bound in red marbled boards with red leather corners and back. As BT 5 it is in VCL, in which collection there are several similar volumes of such transcripts by EHC.

    EHC’s ms title-page reads:

    Theological Lectures

    S. T. C.

    Delivered at Bristol, presumably, on and after September 3 d , 1795.

    Eight o’clock, Tuesday Evenings, Assembly Coffee House, on the Quay


  11. Lecture on the Slave-Trade
    (pp. 231-252)

    DATE AND PLACE OF DELIVERY. On 16 June 1795, at the Assembly Coffee house on the Quay, Bristol. The day before, 15 June, the following advertisement appeared in theBristol Mercury(the paper was published weekly on Monday morning):

    TO-MORROW EVENING, Tuesday, June 16,


    Will deliver (by particular desire)


    and the duties that result from its continuance.

    To begin at Eight o’clock, at the ASSEMBLY

    Coffee-House, on theQuay.Admission Is.

    A “prospectus” in nearly the same words appears in Cottle E Rec I 20.

    BACKGROUND AND HISTORY. In 1786 Thomas Clarkson...

  12. A Comparative View of the English Rebellion and the French Revolution: Prospectus of Six Lectures
    (pp. 253-256)

    DATE AND PLACE OF DELIVERY. The six lectures were scheduled to begin 23 June 1795 and to continue once a week. Cottle, who printed the Pro spectus (E RecI 25–6), implies that they were actually given. No confirma tory evidence exists, however, and GeorgeWhalley(C&SB338), pointing to the lack of the book-borrowing from the Bristol Library that normally occurred on the eve of a lecture by C, suggests that they were not delivered. See also Introduction, above, pp xl–xli.

    BACKGROUND AND HISTORY. The apparent principal theme was to be the origin and nature of revolutions; subordinate...

  13. Lecture on the Two Bills
    (pp. 257-276)

    DATE AND PLACE OF DELIVERY. Thursday, 26 November 1795, at the Pelican Inn, Bristol. The lecture was advertised in theBristol Gazetteof the same day:

    On Thursday Evening next, seven o’clock

    S.T. Coleridge

    will deliver an address to

    the inhabitants of Bristol, on the

    Two Bills now pending in Parliament.

    In the Great Room

    at the Pelican Inn, Thomas-Street

    Admittance One Shilling.

    “Thursday Evening next” was really that evening.

    BACKGROUND AND HISTORY. The events that led to Coleridge’s lecture were as follows:

    26 Oct. Mass meeting in field behind Copenhagen House, Islington, to demand universal suffrage and annual parliaments...

  14. The Plot Discovered: or, An Address to the People, Against Ministerial Treason
    (pp. 277-318)

    DATE AND PLACE OF DELIVERY.The Plot Discoveredis a revised and expanded version of the Lecture on the Two Bills given on 26 Nov 1795, at the Pelican Inn, Bristol (see above, p 258). For a discussion of the question of whetherThe Plot Discoveredwas made up of two lectures, see the Introduction, above, p xlviii n 1.

    PUBLICATION. Several surviving copies of this pamphlet (BM, Berg Collec tion, Huntington Library) have a wrapper on which is printed: “A Protest against Certain Bills. Bristol; Printed for the Author, November 28,1795.” This date cannot represent the time of publication,...

  15. An Answer to “A Letter to Edward Long Fox, M.D.”
    (pp. 319-332)

    Although a pamphlet and not a speech or even a published version of a speech,An Answer to “A Letter to Edward Long Fox, M.D.”is published with Coleridge's speeches, in proper chronological sequence, because of its relevance to his political lectures in Bristol in 1795. The pamphlet to which it is an answer is dated 11 December, and there is reason to believe that Coleridge replied speedily, publication being possibly within the week. See above, Introduction, p xlvii and n 2.

    The only known copies of the original pamphlet are in the British Museum (in the Ashley Library, which...

    • A1 Fragments of Theological Lectures
      (pp. 333-344)
    • A2 A Sermon
      (pp. 345-356)
    • B1 Star Report of Bristol Guildhall Meetings of 17 and 20 November 1795
      (pp. 357-364)
    • B2 Petition of the Inhabitants of Bristol Against the Two Bills
      (pp. 365-368)
    • B3 Thomas Beddoes A Word in Defence of the Bill of Rights
      (pp. 369-384)
    • B4 A. W. A Letter to Edward Long Fox, M.D.
      (pp. 385-392)
  17. INDEX
    (pp. 393-512)