The Early Writings and ‘The Eolian Harp’



On 14 October 1797, Coleridge wrote to John Thelwall.


Eighteenth Century French Revolution Early Writing Slave Trade Religious Concern 
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  1. 1.Hatfield CollegeDurhamUK

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