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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Maria Edgeworth to Samuel Rogers, 1 October 1843

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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‘Edgeworth’s Town: 1st Oct., 1843.
‘Proud to catch cold at a Venetian door.

‘Dear Mr. Rogers,—Tell me, for I am sure you can, what kind of door a Venetian door is—or what did Pope mean by a Venetian door. The ignorant people here declare they never heard of such a thing. Now I declare that in my youth, in my childhood, I often heard my father talk of Venetian doors, and I thought I understood that what was meant was a concealed door, intended to be invisible or unnoticed, same colour as the hangings, paper, or wainscoting of a room.

‘But I am told that the door I endeavour to describe should be called a jib door. Now jib I cannot find in Johnson’s Dictionary; perchance it may be in the Slang Dictionary, with which I am not acquainted, nor perhaps are you.

‘Pray delay not, my dear Sir, to settle this important question by your decisive authority. I have profited by that authority before.

‘Your obliged,
Maria Edgeworth.

‘If I live, and am well as I am now, I hope I shall have the pleasure and honour of seeing you once more this winter or spring in town. I shall be with my sister at No. 1, North Audley Street, and trust I shall be better able to enjoy my friends’ society than I was last time I was with her. She has now quite recovered her health. I gratefully remember your kindness to us both.’