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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter XI. 1809-1810
William Roscoe to William Wilberforce, [June 1810]

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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“Accept my thanks for the few lines with which you were so good as to honour me on the receipt of a copy of my Tracts on the War. I know of no right that I have to intrude upon you with opinions in which, I fear, you cannot agree; but I was desirous you should see that the pacific sentiments which I have of late avowed, and which have drawn down upon me so much odium and misrepresentation, are not new to my mind; but are the result of a serious and deliberate conviction, maintained through all the changes and fluctuations of the contest, and founded on a sincere and earnest desire to promote the interests and happiness of my country. I had certainly, at times, flattered myself with hopes that these efforts might have contributed to much more important purposes; but the obloquy I have met with from some quarters, and the neglect I have experienced from the community at large, have but too feelingly convinced
me of the inefficacy of my attempts, and induced me to lament, with more anguish than I can express, that such a cause has not fallen into abler hands, and been felt and promoted, as I conceive it was entitled to have been, by those enlightened friends of humanity whose exertions and whose eloquence could not have failed of success. Disappointed in my expectations, I have chastised my mind into submission; and though I should be truly sorry to forfeit the favourable regard of many persons whom I venerate and esteem, shall console myself with the reflection, that what I have done was intended for the best.

“But I have already said more to you on this subject in the way of complaint than I have ever said to any other person; and I will not, therefore, conceal from you that, in a general view, I am tranquillised and consoled by the reflection that the Great Disposer of events stands in need of no such feeble aid as any of his creatures can give, for accomplishing any purpose which he may in the course of his providence see proper to carry into effect; and that, therefore, to lament the failure of our individual efforts is equally wicked and presumptuous.”