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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Samuel Rogers to Henry Rogers, 30 September 1812

Vol. I Contents
Chapter I. 1803-1805.
Chapter II. 1805-1809.
Chapter III. 1810-1812.
Chapter IV. 1813-1814.
Chapter V. 1814-1815.
Chapter VI. 1815-1816.
Chapter VII. 1816-1818.
Chapter VIII. 1818-19.
Chapter IX. 1820-1821.
Chapter X. 1822-24.
Chapter XI. 1825-1827.
Vol. II Contents
Chapter I. 1828-1830.
Chapter II. 1831-34.
Chapter III. 1834-1837.
Chapter IV. 1838-41.
Chapter V. 1842-44.
Chapter VI. 1845-46.
Chapter VII. 1847-50.
Chapter VIII. 1850
Chapter IX. 1851.
Chapter X. 1852-55.
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‘Glenfinnart: Sept. 30, 1812.

‘My dear Henry,—Many thanks for your kind letter, which I received at Glenfinnart, where I have remained ever since. It was my intention to spend only a fortnight here, and then proceed with the Dunmores on my journey through some part of the Highlands, but, my hostess having sprained her foot, I have been led on from day to day and from week to week in the expectation of her being able to set out. We shall now leave this place on Saturday the 3rd, and, after visiting Loch Katrine and Dunkeld, proceed on to Hamilton, where
perhaps I may rest a week, and then pass through Edinburgh on my way to England. At Edinburgh I don’t mean to spend above a day or two, and then go to Howick,
Lord Grey’s, for a day or two. I received a letter from Sarah about a fortnight ago, and was happy to hear her give so good an account of herself. It is indeed a sad thing the Gregs should be all away just now. I hope Lucy and George have long been quite well. Poor Mary! If she is gone to the sea, I hope she bore her journey well. I hope your sufferings are over in some degree from the paint, and that you are now preparing for your long-talked-of journey into Worcestershire. I have indeed passed my time very tolerably here, as everything has been done that could be to make me happy, and I have felt very grateful if not very happy. We breakfast every morning at nine, and dine at half-past three, and retire to bed at half-past ten, and by no accident can any visitor break in upon our trio. A solitary walk on the Loch side or up the glen is my morning task; so we are not very gay, and should perhaps be dull but for two little boys, the eldest five years old. The packet sails twice a week with letters to and from Greenock, the only event in our lives. Two rides of some length I have taken over the mountains, and one voyage to an old castle in a neighbouring loch. We have no neighbours, and those who come must come by water; and the only people in the glen who wear shoes and stockings are ourselves, except the ferryman and the schoolmaster. It is a very pretty sight—it occurs many times a day—to see the ferry-boat with its sail among the trees, crossing the loch, which is two
miles broad, with Highlanders in it, this being the highland road from Glasgow to Inverary. I hope you have had better weather in the South than we have had, for this is the wettest part of all Scotland; and though this season is thought much dryer than any they have had for some years, it generally rains two entire days in a week, with many showers besides. Farewell, my dear Henry; pray give my love to Patty and Maria and Lucy, and all the great and small, not forgetting Mr. T., and believe me to be,

‘Yours affectionately,
Saml. Rogers.

‘My next direction will be under cover to The Lord Archibald Hamilton, The Palace, Hamilton, N.B.’