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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Henry Luttrell to Samuel Rogers, 20 September [1809]

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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‘Brocket Hall: Wednesday, Sept. 20 [1809].

‘My dear Rogers,—It is singular enough that just as your letter was put into my hands, I had determined to write to you by this day’s post. Now, and at all times, I feel flattered and happy to be associated in any scheme of amusement or any arrangement of society with you, and I was, with this object in view, preparing to communicate my autumnal movements and to inquire into yours. I am desired, on the part of Lord and Lady Cowper, to say that they will be most happy to receive you at Panshanger as soon as they remove there, which will be very early in the next month. Our intended progress in the meantime is as follows. From hence to town on Friday, on Monday next to Woolbeding for four or five days, and thence to Petworth for two or three, after which the Cowpers certainly return to Panshanger, where they will remain for the rest of October. Now what I should like, if it suits you, would be to meet you at the Deepdene on my return from Petworth, and, having paid our visit there, return with you to London for a couple of days. We might then start together for Panshanger. I hold myself in a manner pledged to Hope, deeming it as ungracious not to accept as not to
give a second invitation, as the natural conclusion to be drawn from both is the same, that, on trial, the parties have not been pleased with each other. Yet I should not choose to encounter him alone, as the apprehension of his embarrassment would embarrass me. As it is possible I may be in town even to-morrow, pray let a few lines be deposited in my letter-box at Albany to say how far the arrangement I here propose can be made to square with your convenience. If it should not suit, I am, after the Woolbeding and Petworth visits are spun off my reel, quite at your disposal for any other that may be more agreeable to you.

‘I hope you have not quite abandoned your intention of a trip to Tunbridge, before the possibility of fine weather is extinct, as I have a most longing desire to see the lions of the Pantiles under your auspices. This I would do either after or before Panshanger at your option. God bless you, and believe me, my dear Rogers,

‘Ever most truly yours,
H. Luttrell.

‘Am I justified or no in considering the occasional address attempted to be spoken at the opening of C. G. Theatre1 as the very worst copy of verses in any language, and the following line—
Solid our building, heavy our expense—

1 The new theatre was opened on Monday the 17th of September. The address was spoken by John Kemble in the midst of an uproar which made it entirely inaudible. It contained fifty lines. The last four were:

‘Solid our building, heavy our expense,
We rest our claim on your munificence—
What ardour plans a nation’s taste to raise,
A nation’s liberality repays.’
as the worst in it, and consequently the worst in the world, as I am inclined to do, nisi quid tu docte Trebati dissentis’?