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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter XI. 1809-1810
Sir Samuel Romilly to William Roscoe, [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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“I return you many thanks for your ‘Observations on Lord Grey’s Address.’ I have read them with the greatest interest. To all your general reasonings I entirely agree; and I have been very much struck with the great force and irresistible eloquence of the concluding passages. I cannot, however, but confess to you, that the present state of Spain appears to me to throw very great difficulty in the way of making an immediate peace. I agree that there seems very little prospect of the Spaniards succeeding ultimately against their oppressors; but as long as there is a possibility of their success, I cannot think that we ought, by abandoning them, to seal their doom.* It is very true, that in an answer to Lord Grey, it was by no means necessary to discuss this difficulty, but I own I should have been extremely glad to have seen how you had considered it.

“I am very highly gratified by the kind things you say of me, and of the late unsuc-

* Mr. Roscoe’s sentiments on this question have been stated in a previous page.

cessful attempts I have made to introduce some improvements into our criminal law. I greatly lament that they cannot have your powerful support in parliament, and that the distance we are removed from each other leaves me so little opportunity of cultivating your friendship, on which I shall always set the highest value.”