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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter X. 1808
William Roscoe to Samuel Whitbread, [March? 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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“It is upwards of a week,” says Mr. Roscoe, in answer to the above letter, “since I received the proof copy of my intended pamphlet, which had been sent you by my printer, accompanied by your letter and very judicious remarks; but it was not till yesterday that I had the pleasure of receiving the copies which you were so good as to order to be sent me of your speech, for which I beg you to accept my thanks, as well on my own account as for my friends, Mr. R. and Mr. M., who will think themselves much honoured by your remembrance of them. The perusal of this last noble effort on your part, to enlighten our countrymen as to their true interests, has only confirmed the opinion I have so long entertained of the perfect rectitude of your principles and the correctness of your views. How it is possible for sophistry to misrepresent or dulness to misconceive such statements is to me incomprehensible; such, however, is the present state of the public mind, that the stronger the light
becomes the more obstinate the people are in closing their eyes against it. A wilful inflexibility seems to pervade all ranks; and if ever the hearts of a people were hardened, they are certainly those of our own countrymen.

“I have lost no time in comparing the passages marked by you in my pamphlet, with those which touch on the same subject in your speech, and in some instances I have implicitly adopted your recommendations, whilst in others I have ventured to adhere to the views I had before taken of the subject.”