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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Henry Mackenzie to Samuel Rogers, 8 August 1827

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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‘Heriot Row, Edinburgh: 8 August, 1827.

‘My dear Sir,—I hope I am not, as a satirist said a good many years ago of an obnoxious monster, “the most impudent man alive”; but certainly this is one of the most impudent letters I ever wrote. Without, however, troubling you with a long preface, I will state the fact. There is a poem lately published, written by a young man of the name of Pollok, a dissenting clergyman here, which I really think in point of genius and poetical power a very wonderful one. It is called ‘The Course of Time,’ and contains, among many passages liable to criticism, others, moral and descriptive, of infinite genius and merit, if I, whom age only entitles to speak of such things, may be trusted. Knowing the author a little, and more from other impartial persons, I believe him to be as amiable as a man as he is ingenious as a poet. But alas! young as he is, he has the seeds of disease and death in his frame, which make his life very uncertain and likely to be short. A journey, and short residence, to a warmer climate, his benevolent physician, whom he has interested in the strongest manner, thinks the only chance he has for life or health; but, alas! like most poets, the expense of such an emigration is beyond his means. To supply these, a subscription has been set afoot here, and there are great hopes that 100l. or 150l. may thereby be raised for his journey and other expenses. Now for my impudence—it is to lay your beneficence under the tax of two or three guineas to this subscription,
to which the Muses, Bo much the friends of poor Pollok, have excited patrons. Mr. Rogers is one of their greatest favourites, and I may use their names in behalf of one of their youngest sons.
Mr. Cadell’s correspondent here, Mr. Blackwood, has taken a kind concern in Pollok, and any subscriptions which literary persons in London may contribute, may be paid in to him. If you can take that liberty with any poets who can afford it, you may use my name as certifying the merits of the man, and, though with more diffidence, of the poem. Again asking pardon for this letter, and wishing, at all events, to have the pleasure of hearing from you,

‘I remain, my dear Sir, with the most sincere regard, your most faithful and obedient servant,

H. Mackenzie.’