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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter V. 1795
Henry Fuseli to William Roscoe, [1795?]

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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“So much had I written when your dear epistle from Buxton found me; a balm to my wounded and overbalanced mind: ‘Ecce iterum Crispinus!’ But let me, if possible, forget my cursed self for one moment, and thank you for the genuine pleasure your book has given me. I value it not, you know, because its publication has been eminently successful, but because it deserves that success, and more; and does to you, and to my friendship for you, infinite honour. I am perhaps not so great a friend to Lorenzo
as you; perhaps I may think on some other points, more closely connected with my pursuits, somewhat differently from you; but, take the whole together, there is no writer with whom, on all the various topics he treats, I coincide more heartily than with you. The style is, in my eyes, original, ample without being loquacious, pointed without being epigrammatic, and sententious without affectation.

“As it is likely I shall immediately review it (you know for whom), I reserve finding fault with you for that lucubration.

“The head of Lorenzo prefixed is admirable; you could never have got so good a thing here; but I am very much mistaken if, by invigorating a few traits, it would not make an excellent head of Richard III.”