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Lewis Morris--New Jersey's Colonial Poet-Governor

Richard Cook


Lewis Morris (1671-1746) was the govenor of colonial New Jersey from 1738-1746 and his family papers are in Rutgers Special Collections. Among these papers are a sheaf of some eighteen poems of the Governor's own composition.  Cook discusses his public life and his poetry.  He concludes Moris "practiced poetry as a gentlemanly diversion, intended for little more than the private amusement of himself and a few friends. It is perhaps a sufficient tribute to Lewis Morris's satiric vigor that the modern reader, more than two centuries later, can still share some measure of that amusement."

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