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Memoir of Francis Hodgson
John Herman Merivale to Francis Hodgson, [May 1836]

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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To-day I dine with Hallam, much renowned for Greek, for the purpose of meeting Wordsworth the poet (not the master), and Benson of the Temple. I wish you were a fifth. To-morrow I ordain (as
we say in the West) to go and see
Ion, 1 though I cannot by any possibility fancy Macready as the youthful devotee and enthusiast. Surely none but a woman can both act and look the character. Madame Malibran should have it.

As to public affairs, it requires no great share of political sapience to pronounce that something is rotten in the state of Denmark. The action is, it seems, proceeding and expected to proceed, and even Lord John thinks discretion the better part of valour, and refuses to march through Coventry with the Irish beggars in their way to rebellion. Degraded indeed we are if suck a domination as we have lived under (at least nominally) for the last twelvemonth can endure for another similar period.

The bon-mot ascribed to Lord M. in last Sunday’s ‘John Bull’ strikes me as irresistibly funny—that, being asked how he liked his present Chancellor, as compared with Brougham, he answered, ‘Much like a man who has discarded a capricious mistress, to marry his housekeeper.’

I had a batch of my neighbour Barnwell’s music last evening, and longed for you to enjoy it with me.