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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter V. 1795
Horace Walpole to James Edwards, [1794]

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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Lord Orford feels himself sensibly obliged by Mr. Edwards allowing Miss Berry to communicate to him the fragment of the Life of Lorenzo de’ Medici. Lord O. has not enjoyed so much and such unexpected pleasure for a

* The satisfaction expressed by Mr. Roscoe at the judgment of Lord Orford seems to have excited the spleen of Fuseli. “I understand,” he says in a letter to Mr. Roscoe, “that Lord Orford, the quondam Horace Walpole, has given an ample suffrage to what he saw of “Lorenzo.” That he should have done so surprises me not, but I am a little hurt at your having wished for it. The editor of Vertue’s trash should not have had much consequence in your eyes, though I shall not deny that there are disjecti membra poetæ in the “Mysterious Mother.”

long time, as from this most able, informing, and entertaining work, which, though it will leave a most agreeable impression on his mind, gives him great inquietude too, as he does not think that it will appear very soon,—an afflicting circumstance to Lord O., as very soon may be of great consequence to a very infirm man of seventy-six, who has no hopes of being so well amused as he should be by reading the completion of this work, for the sight of which he again thanks Mr. Edwards.”