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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter V. 1795
Samuel Parr to William Roscoe, 4 October 1797

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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“For the liberty I am going to take with a gentleman whom I have not the honour personally to know, I have no other, and probably I could find no better apology, than the frankness which ought to subsist between literary men upon subjects of literature. Your ‘Life of Lorenzo de’ Medici’ had been often mentioned to me by critics whose approbation every writer would be proud to obtain; and, as the course of reading which I pursued about thirty years ago had made me familiar with the works of Poggius, Pico of Mirandola, Politian, and other illustrious

* Field’s Memoirs of Dr. Parr, p. 440.

contemporaries of Lorenzo, I eagerly seized the opportunity of borrowing your celebrated publication from a learned friend at Oxford. You will pardon my zeal, Sir, and you may confide in my sincerity, when I declare to you, that the contents of your book far surpassed my expectation, and amply rewarded the attention with which I perused them. You have thrown the clearest and fullest light upon a period most interesting to every scholar. You have produced much that was unknown, and, to that which was known, you have given perspicuity, order, and grace. You have shown the greatest diligence in your researches, and the purest taste in your selection; and, upon the characters and events which passed in review before your inquisitive and discriminating mind, you have united sagacity of observation, with correctness, elegance, and vigour of style. For the credit of our national curiosity and national learning, I trust that the work will soon reach a second edition; and, if this should be the case, I will, with your permission, send you a list of mistakes which I have found in some Latin passages, and which, upon seeing them, you will certainly think worthy of consideration. Perhaps I shall proceed a little further, in pointing out two or three expressions which seem to me capable of improvement, and in stating my reasons for dissenting from you upon a very few facts of very little importance.”