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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Samuel Rogers to Sarah Rogers, 18 March, 1835

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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‘18th March, 1835.

‘My dear Sarah,—. . . I went to Woburn on Sunday and left it on Friday. I found Lord Grey, Lord

when it was advised that the plate-chests should be broken open, which was done with great difficulty. The result fully confirmed the suspicions of Mr. Rogers of the dishonesty of his servant, who, it appears, has robbed him of a large quantity of plate. Amongst the articles stolen are four double dishes, chased, which cost, it is said, upwards of 1,000l., upwards of a hundred pieces of plate belonging to the dinner and tea-service, a massy silver tea-kettle; two splendid silver-gilt vases and spoons which were presented to the author of Italy by a member of the Royal Family, now no more; besides a number of other valuable articles. The offender, who is about twenty-five years of age, and a native of Minstead, in the New Forest, Hampshire, had been in the service of Mr. Rogers for the last seven years; and so high was the opinion entertained of him by his master, that he was entrusted with the whole of the valuable property contained in the house, and to prevent the possibility of temptation, large wages were given him. There can be no doubt that a considerable portion of the property has been gone for some time.’

Melbourne, Duchess of Sutherland, and a very large family party, among others a relation of ours, who contrived to come to me when I was alone and to say, “You have forgot me;” Sam Johnes’s only child, now married to a son of Sir John Shelley, a very lively and pleasing girl, for she cannot be much above twenty, and I took much to her. She and her husband sing delightfully together. How glad we are that the weather continues so mild for you. Poor Sharp! I have a sad letter from him, and the ladies at Torquay are much alarmed for him. Mr. Towgood goes out every day as usual, and Patty is pretty well, though she has her bad days. You say you wish to know something of politics. I went for three minutes to Lady Brougham’s party last night, and found B. encircled with ex-Ministers, and in high spirits, having just spoken well on the Poor Law Bill, as you will see—not that I exchanged a word or a look with him. Peel evidently wishes himself out, and taunts the Opposition to turn him out by some leading motion, but it is wisely determined to give him no excuse and to let him bring his measures on. Lord Londonderry’s appointment has already damaged the Government very much in the country. Adieu, my dear Sarah. My kind love to Patty. Perhaps, if the mild weather continues, you will stay a little longer. Mrs. Lockhart says she watches your windows. Babbage had a very blue party last Saturday. Lady Morgan, Miss Jane Porter, &c., &c.

‘Ever yours,
S. B.

‘So Lady Fanny Harley is going to be married to a
son of the Archbishop of York’s—in the army I believe. Bickersteth, I hear, has dined at the Archbishop’s—Query, as her papa? What will become of poor Jane? Millingen, I hear, has left Marseilles for Aix, on account of the cholera, I suppose. Mr. Boddington is very unwell, according to Webster. . . . Whether W. speaks through his fears or his wishes I don’t know, but W. thinks him in danger. I am sorry to say that I must part with Thomas. He is always out, sometimes for three or four hours, and sometimes comes home in liquor. Reece and Kay both think he will never mend while he is here. I suppose his great leisure while I was away has been his ruin. I have not yet spoken to him on the subject; and I put it off from day to day. It is a great trouble to me, as I had looked to him as a successor to R., if any change had required it. I find he is married and has a child. His wife lives in Chelsea, and is a very decent person.’