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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Uvedale Price to Samuel Rogers, 17 June 1815

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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Foxley: June 17th, 1815.

‘My dear Sir,—I have often thought of you, often wished to hear of you, and still more to hear from you, but till within these few days (such is the profound ignorance in which we are buried here) I did not know that you were in England. I particularly desired my son to inquire about you, and I was very glad to hear from him that you had escaped all perils and dangers and were returned sano e salvo. The last letter I had from you was dated Venice; and in that, which gave me
a great desire to receive more of them, you expressed a wish to hear from me again at Florence or Rome. What became of the letter I wrote almost immediately in consequence I know not; but I should be very sorry you should think I had neglected thanking you for the very pleasant one I had received, or giving myself some claim to others of the same kind. I can bring witnesses, if necessary, that I did fill a single letter as full as it could hold, and directed as you desired. I beg, however, to be understood that all this is meant to justify myself from the charge of neglect, not to accuse you. A letter of yours from Rome or Naples would have been highly interesting, and in truth we were all most anxious to receive one. If your conscience tells you that you ought to have written it, there is but one way of making us amends for the disappointment; that is, by coming here, not merely for a day or two, this summer, and telling us vivâ voce the whole history of your travels and adventures dal alto a basso. If you do this I acknowledge that the amends will be ample, and I beg we may have it soon under your own hand, that nothing shall prevent you coming in the course of the summer or the autumn to this place, where, by the by, I have been doing a good deal in my little way, and flatter myself that I have some interesting things to show you.

‘You may, perhaps, remember, though it is a long time ago, that when you set off on your tour you carried a little MS. of mine with you to Paris and then sent it to Dr. Burney. If he received it and did read it he probably thought no more of the paper or its contents, and has now forgot every circumstance about it. It is
just possible, however, that he may remember something of it and of what occurred to him at the time. Any remarks of his would be very valuable, and if it would not be giving you too much additional trouble about such a trifle, you will, perhaps, have the kindness to find out whether he ever did receive the paper and whether he recollects anything about it.

‘I must now end this letter, et pour cause ; about two months ago I received a very severe blow on one of my eyes, unfortunately the best and strongest of the two, which has very much impaired the sight of it. On stating my case to Sir William Adams he said that such accidents generally bring on a cataract. Dii meliora ; as the eye is not only dim but weak, I must leave off. Lady Caroline and my daughter desire to be kindly remembered to you. They depend upon seeing you here.

‘Most truly yours,
U. Price.’