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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter XI. 1809-1810
William Roscoe to John Aikin, [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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“How I can have delayed so long to thank you for your last kind letter, appears to me perfectly unaccountable. It is natural in sickness to reflect on our sins, and in the course of a ten days’ confinement, I vowed to St. Cosmus and St. Damienus, that as soon as I was able to hold a pen I would employ it in writing to you, and telling you how much I was gratified in finding that the observations I had ventured to publish on Lord Grey’s speech coincided so nearly with your own sentiments. This vow I now perform, and assure you most sincerely, that nothing could have been more gratifying to me than to find my statements approved by one who can look with an impartial eye, not only on the politics and parties of one country, but on the relative situation, conduct, and pretensions of all. It is to such critics alone that I confess I should wish to appeal; but, as they are of rare occurrence, I must not be surprised that this last effort should share the fate of all the rest of the same nature, and should be equally disregarded by those who are in and those who are out of office; by the friends of corruption and the friends of reform; all of whom labour on in their purblind occupations with as obstinate a blindness to all general views, as if they had no more
concern with the rest of the world, and cared no more for the destruction of our countrymen and the desolation of Europe, than they would for a war in the interior of Africa.”