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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Lady Dufferin to Samuel Rogers, 1 January 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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‘From my bed,—
This 1st of January, 1843.
‘This thought woke with my waking hours,—
As on a feverish couch I lay,
“How barren is Life’s path of flowers!
How sadly dawns my New Year’s Day!”
‘When, as I breathed the impatient thought,
Lo! there thy fragrant gift appeared!
Then at the augury it caught—
The sad and sullen heart was cheered!
‘And doubly shall thy gift be dear—
(Of New-Year joys the seal and sum),
An omen for the present year!—
A Memory for all years to come!

‘And so, dear Mr. Rogers, I have put your violets into water, for this day, but shall keep them as a precious gift and remembrance for the rest of my life.

‘Ever yours sincerely and affectionately,
Helen S. Dufferin.’