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Memoirs of the Rev. Samuel Parr
Ch. XXVIII. 1800-1807
Samuel Parr to William Roscoe, 4 October 1797

Ch. I. 1747-1752
Ch. II. 1752-1761
Ch. III. 1761-1765
Ch. IV. 1765-1766
Ch. V. 1767-1771
Ch. VI. 1771
Ch. VII. 1771-1776
Ch. VIII. 1771-1776
Ch. IX. 1776-1777
Ch. X. 1779-1786
Ch. XI. 1779-1786
Ch. XII. 1779-1786
Ch. XIII. 1780-1782
Ch. XIV. 1786-1789
Ch. XV. 1786-1790
Ch. XVI. 1776-1790
Ch. XVII. 1787
Ch. XVIII. 1789
Ch. XIX. 1790-1792
Ch. XX. 1791-1792
Ch. XXI. 1791-1796
Ch. XXII. 1794-1795
Ch. XXIII. 1794
Ch. XXIV. 1794-1800
Ch. XXV. 1794-1800
Ch. XXVI. 1800-1803
Ch. XXVII. 1801-1803
Ch. XXVIII. 1800-1807
Vol. II Contents
Ch I. 1800-1807
Ch II. 1807-1810
Ch III. 1809
Ch IV. 1809-1812
Ch V. 1810-1813
Ch VI. 1811-1815
Ch VII. 1812-1815
Ch VIII. 1816-1820
Ch IX. 1816-1820
Ch X. 1816-1820
Ch XI. 1816-1820
Ch XII. 1816-1820
Ch XIII. 1816-1820
Ch XIV. 1819
Ch XV. 1820-1821
Ch XVI. 1816-1820
Ch XVII. 1820-1824
Ch XVIII. 1820-1824
Ch XIX. 1820-1824
Ch XX. 1820-1825
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“Sir,—For the liberty I am going to take with a gentleman, whom I have not the honour personally to know, I have no other, and probably I could find no better apology, than the frankness, which ought to subsist between literary men upon subjects of literature.”—“Your life of Lorenzo de’ Medici had been often mentioned to me by critics, whose approbation every writer would be proud to obtain; and as the course of reading, which I pursued about thirty years ago, had made me familiar with the works of Poggius, Pico of Mirandula, Politian, and other illustrious contemporaries of Lorenzo, I eagerly seized the opportunity of borrowing your celebrated publication from a learned friend at Oxford.”—“You will pardon my zeal, Sir, and you may confide in my sincerity, when I declare to you, that the contents of your book far surpassed my expectation, and amply rewarded the attention with which I perused them.—You have thrown the clearest and fullest light upon a period most interesting to every scholar.—You
have produced much that was unknown; and to that which was known, you have given perspicuity, order, and grace.—You have shown the greatest diligence in your researches, and the purest taste in your selection; and upon the characters and events which passed in review before your inquisitive and discriminating mind, you have united sagacity of observation, with correctness, elegance, and vigour of style.”—“For the credit of our national curiosity and national learning, I trust that the work will soon reach a second edition; and if this should be the case, I will, with your permission, send you a list of mistakes, which I have found in some Latin passages, and which, upon seeing them, you will certainly think worthy of consideration. Perhaps I shall proceed a little farther, in pointing out two or three expressions, which seem to me capable of improvement; and in stating my reasons for dissenting from you upon a very few facts of very little importance.”—“At all events, I shall give you proofs of the care with which I have read your admirable work; and as to the petty strictures which I may have occasion here and there to throw out, you will find an honest, and let me hope a satisfactory explanation of my meaning, in the words of Politian to Pico—‘Neque ego judicis, sed Momi personam indui, quem ferunt sandalium Veneris tandem culpasse, cum Venerem non posset.’”—“It is proper for me to add, that I do not understand Italian; but am told by a very intelligent neighbour, who is said to read it critically, and to write it elegantly, that the matter contained in that language is apposite,
curious, and instructive.—I have the honour to be, &c.

S. Parr.”
Hatton, Oct. 4, 1797.