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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter I. 1753-1781
Francis Holden to William Roscoe [1780 c.?]

Vol I. Contents
Chapter I. 1753-1781
Chapter II. 1781-1787
Chapter III. 1787-1792
Chapter IV. 1788-1796
Chapter V. 1795
Chapter VI. 1796-1799
Chapter VII. 1799-1805
Chapter IX. 1806-1807
Chapter X. 1808
Chapter XI. 1809-1810
Vol II. Contents
Chapter XII. 1811-1812
Chapter XIII. 1812-1815
Chapter XIV. 1816
Chapter XV. 1817-1818
Chapter XVI. 1819
Chapter XVII. 1820-1823
Chapter XVIII. 1824
Chapter XIX. 1825-1827
Chapter XX. 1827-1831
Chapter XXI.
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“My dear Roscoe,

“The day after I received your inexpressibly kind letter, I waited upon Messrs. Lyons*, who received me with all the marks of a sincere friendship, and promised to do all in their power for me—particularly to recommend me to the gentleman you spoke of. I have heard no more of that business as yet, but I cannot refrain from writing to you. My time now goes on more pleasantly. I have met with one or two Glasgow friends, who treat me with an affection something like yours, if they did but know how to express it, or to entertain me as well. No, my dear Roscoe; it will never be my fate, it will never be my wish, to meet with so faithful, so engaging a friend. I would not learn to do without you, for fear of inconstancy. * * * I will make you my director in matters of law, and will prepare myself in such a manner as to be of

* The professional agents of Mr. Roscoe.

real service to him who will please to employ me; for nothing is more oppressive to a generous heart, than to be in arrears for favours received. Must I tell you, my friend, that this thought has given me no small uneasiness? I know it is not in my power to repay your kindnesses to me, nor to be of half the service to you which you can be to me; and you have always done all you could. What I would desire is, not that you should waste your time in reading law books with me, which you know already; but that you would answer those questions, and explain those difficulties, which must occur of course to a young beginner; and that you would furnish me with books, which I cannot at this time afford to purchase. But above all, that you will not put me upon the footing of one whom you think yourself obliged to entertain at the expense of your time, &c., but use me as one whose duty and desire is to render himself as useful to you as possible, and as little burdensome. If you will promise me these things, I shall be happy if Mr. Lyon succeeds with Mr. Crompton the special pleader; and if not, I will console myself, conscious that want of merit, not of friends, was my loss; and that want of merit is one of Epictetus’s “τα έϕ ημιν,” or things in our own power; and consequently I will take care not to be long without it, by your assistance, who are a part of myself. Adieu, my dear Will.”