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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter X. 1808
William Roscoe to William Wilberforce, [30 January 1808]

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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“Before I had the pleasure of your obliging communication, I had desired my bookseller to send you a copy of my pamphlet, which I hope you have received. How happy should I be, my dear Sir, if I could flatter myself that I agreed with you on all subjects, as precisely as on that on which I have had the pleasure of seconding your efforts; and this, not merely for my own
gratification, though I confess that would be great indeed, but because, from your extensive influence, great talents, and unexampled perseverance in every benevolent purpose, I should yet flatter myself with the hope of seeing the calamities with which this country and mankind are threatened effectually removed. Knowing as I do, through every different shade of opinion between us, the perfect rectitude of your views, with what delight should I see you advocate the cause of suffering Europe, or rather the cause of the civilised world, with the same energy and success as you have done that of the oppressed Africans. I see with terror, not only the political, but the moral horizon daily grow darker, and I look up with anxiety to those few who alone can dispel the gloom, and whom I consider as the lights of mankind. I cannot, however, venture to flatter myself that any representations of mine can influence their determination, nor am I indeed insensible, that the earnestness with which I have enforced my own opinions, may, in many instances, rather give offence than produce conviction. If, however, I have written with warmth, many of those who espouse an opposite opinion have more than set the example, and as I feel the most decided conviction in my own mind, that I am actuated by no other motive than a wish to promote the cause of sacred
morality and the true interests of my country, as far as consistent with the general rights of mankind, I should think myself inexcusable were I to engage in the contest with ‘a cold and unperforming hand.’ At all events, you will, I trust, allow me to retain some share of your indulgence and favourable opinion, assured, as you may be, that no difference as to means, mode, or manner (for as to the main end, and object, and view, it is impossible we can disagree) can ever diminish the high respect, and allow me to add, the affectionate attachment, with which I am, &c. &c.”