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Memoir of Francis Hodgson
Bishop Samuel Butler to Francis Hodgson, 10 May 1831

Vol. 1 Contents
Chapter I.
Chapter II. 1794-1807.
Chapter III. 1807-1808.
Chapter IV. 1808.
Chapter V. 1808-1809.
Chapter VI. 1810.
Chapter VII. 1811.
Chapter VIII. 1811.
Chapter IX. 1811.
Chapter X. 1811-12.
Chapter XI. 1812.
Chapter XII. 1812-13.
Chapter XIII. 1813-14.
Vol. 2 Contents
Chapter XIV. 1815-16.
Chapter XV. 1816-18.
Chapter XVI. 1815-22.
Chapter XVII. 1820.
Chapter XVIII. 1824-27.
Chapter XIX. 1827-1830
Chapter XX. 1830-36.
Chapter XXI. 1837-40.
Chapter XXII. 1840-47.
Chapter XXIII. 1840-52.
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Shrewsbury: May 10, 1831.

My dear friend,—. . . I am sorry to hear of your serious family affliction. . . . By dint of having bespoken post-horses, I left Shrewsbury at five in the morning on Wednesday, and reached Cam-
bridge by ten that night, having accomplished 154 miles in 17 hours. Voted the next day—I will not say to no purpose, because I am glad to have my vote recorded, as exempting me from the disgrace that has fallen on the University—and returned hither (having gone to town from Cambridge, and stayed there a whole day) on Saturday night. Last week I received
His Majesty’s commands for a week’s holidays to be prefixed to the summer vacation, accompanied with a letter, written to the boys by the Lord Chancellor 1 in very good Latin, and admonishing them not to let this indulgence make them idle. Lord Bacon could have done as much, but was too cold-hearted. Sir Thomas More might have done it, but we were not founded till near twenty years after his death. Who else on the woolsack would?

Yours truly,
S. Butler.