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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter XV. 1817-1818
William Shepherd to William Roscoe, [January 1818?]

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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“When I received the copy of your inaugural oration on the opening of the Liverpool Royal Institution, which you were so kind as to send me, I was on the wing for my usual holiday excursion, and since my return home I have been so much occupied by the commencement of my school labours, that I had not time to read it till a day or two ago. On its perusal, I am by no means surprised at the universal satisfaction with which it was received at its delivery. The views which it exhibits of the causes of the rise and decline of literature and art, in various countries, are at once profound and clear. Its assertion of the dignity and utility of the pursuits of science and learning
is convincing and persuasive. In style, it is luminous, and, upon just occasion, eloquent and pathetic. By the publication of this work you have laid the world of letters under fresh obligations, and have added a new ornament to the pillar of your literary fame. That you should ‘tot curis molestiisque distractus’ have been able to produce such a composition, is a subject of surprise to the many, and of congratulation to your friends; in which number to be reckoned has long been the pride and pleasure of yours, most sincerely, W. S.”