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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter V. 1795
Mark Noble to William Roscoe, [January? 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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“Though an entire stranger to you, I have ventured to transcribe part of a letter, which I have just received from Lord Orford, in answer to one I wrote when I presented his Lordship with a copy of my Memoirs of the Medici Family. Such praise from so great a judge must, I am certain, be highly gratifying.

“Had I not been in the habit of keeping my letters, and this which I have received related to various other circumstances, I believe I should have sent you the original. I am extremely mortified that the distance precludes me waiting upon you, a small one would not. I should have been happy in your acquaintance, still more so in your friendship; but I am keep-
ing you too long from the praises you so justly merit.

“Extract of Lord Orford’s letter to me, dated from Berkeley Square, Jan. 12th, 1797:—

“‘I have received, Sir, your “History of the Medici,” and am much obliged to you for it; it is well, and judiciously, and impartially written, and a satisfactory supplement to Mr. Roscoe’s Lorenzo, who, I think, is by far the best of our historians, both for beauty and style, and for deep reflections; and his translations of poetry are equal to the originals.’”