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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Elizabeth Inchbald to Samuel Rogers, 16 March 1808

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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‘My dear Sir,—I consider myself so much obliged to you for the attention you paid me in calling yesterday

1 For example:—‘July 16, 1808.—Went to dinner at Ward’s. Rogers, Lord Ponsonby, Lord Cowper, Lord Morpeth.’ ‘June 16, 1809.—Dined at Rogers’s. Lord and Lady Charlemont, Elliot, Horner.’—Diary of the Right Hon. W. Windham, pp. 477, 492.

2 Rogers quotes ‘an excellent writer’ in one of his notes to the poem of ‘Human Life.’ The quotation is from Mrs. Inchbald’s Nature and Art. He met her one day in London, and was told that she had been calling on her friends, but none of them would see her. ‘I knew Mrs. Siddons

that I cannot resist my desire to apologise for your reception.

‘For the sake of a romantic view of the Thames, I have shut myself in an apartment which will not admit of a second person. It is therefore my wish to be thought never at home. But when the scruples of the persons who answer for me baffle this design, and I have received a token of regard which flatters me, I take the liberty thus to explain my situation. Dear sir, with much esteem, your most humble servant,

E. Inchbald.
‘16th March, 1808.’