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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter XVIII. 1824
William Roscoe to his Jane Roscoe Hornblower, [1825?]

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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“As you are the only person who has favoured me with a line since my departure, I address this to you, being in all probability the last I shall write during my stay, although I can by no means say how long that will be, as I am full of engagements, and am obliged to work (as the ship-builders say) double tides. I will give you a specimen how my time passes. Yesterday, engaged busily at home till twelve; then called, by appointment, on the Duke of Gloucester, and sat with him till one. Met the Earl of Bristol, with whose father (the Bishop of Derry) I formerly corresponded; afterwards made as many calls as my time would allow. Dined at seven, at a small family party at Lady Anson’s, with Mr. Coke and Lady Anne (with whom I also dined the day before, to celebrate her birthday), and sat till eleven o’clock; then went to a grand assembly at Lady Grosvenor’s, to which Lady Derby sent me an invitation from Lady Gros-
venor; staid till near two o’clock; met with
Captain Basil Hall, and had some conversation with him, which made me amends for being almost stifled for two hours with dukes and duchesses, &c. I have now just finished to-day’s visits, having seen Mrs. Holland (my third call), and found her looking very well again. I am now going to dine with Mr. Anderdon, a gentleman I have never seen, but who lent me Pope’s letters. To-morrow I am to dine, at three, with my friend William Allen, at Stoke Newington, when I intend to call on Mrs. Barbauld, and shall return after dinner to Miss Duckworth’s (where I should have dined, had I not been previously engaged), to meet Mrs. Gaskell, Miss Aikin, and Mr. Smyth. All this I should enjoy much more, if I did not so often recollect there is a certain person who cannot partake it with me, and who, whilst I am dragged about from one splendid mansion to another, is, I fear, passing her hours in pain and anxiety; which I am sure, however, you and my dear Mary Anne will do all in your power to alleviate during my absence, which I seriously hope will not extend beyond the middle of next week. I have only time to add my affectionate remembrances to the whole family circle, including,” &c. &c.

“Be a good girl, my dear Jenny, and believe me

“Your kind father,
“W. R.”