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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Lord Brougham to Samuel Rogers, 3 February 1852

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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‘Grafton Street: 3rd February, 1852.

‘My dear Rogers,—I called this morning in St. James’s Place, being the first hour I have had to myself since I returned the other day, and I was sorry not to find you come back; though much gratified with the good accounts of you.

‘We are now all in suspense as to the course matters will take on Palmerston’s affair, some supposing, as the newspapers of the morning say, that it will lead to no debate or even talk at all; but I am confident that is impossible, and that P. will go into his whole case, and then J. Russell will be obliged to give his account also.1

‘The far more important matter of the alarm from France will, I hope and trust, be delicately handled; and that we shall not be exposed to the frightful risk of a misunderstanding by any offensive expressions in any quarter. It is a sad thing to have outlived all free government in that country, as you and I have done. But it is their own affair and not ours, and there is no use and much harm in abusing them whether they may be deserving of blame or of pity.

‘We are all in hopes of soon seeing you again in town.

‘Believe me very sincerely yours,
H. Brougham.’