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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter XIX. 1825-1827
Christopher Hughes to William Roscoe, [12 November 1826]

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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“A very eminent literary personage of this country, and an old friend of mine (since the negotiations at Ghent in 1814), came to see me a few days ago. He looked over my books, and on seeing your supplemental work on Lorenzo the Magnificent, begged me to lend it to him, to show it to M. Odevaere, the celebrated historical painter of this country, at whose house my friend Mr. Cornellissen was lodging, and who, it appears, was employed in a great composition painting, founded on the conspiracy of the Pazzi and on your history. Of course I was delighted to lend the book for such a purpose, though I value it too much, as a present received from its illustrious author, to lend it on common occasions; but the present one was so completely in accordance with your known devotion to the arts, and, in fact, seemed to present so classic an opportunity of realising one of the noblest objects of your labours, that I felt as if I were serving you, and serving at the same time the republic of taste, in putting the work into the hands of the eminent artist, Odevaere, the spirited and worthy élève of David, who had the courage to pronounce a spirited éloge over the mortal remains of his gifted master, a few
weeks ago, on their translation to the monument, erected here, to the memory of David by his family.

“It seems that I have rendered to M. Odevaere a very great service, when I only hoped to be contributing to his literary enjoyment. He has acknowledged it by sending me the enclosed letter. It should have been sent to you the next day, had not a multitude of occupations prevented it. It would be defrauding you of your legitimate rights and gratifications, if this letter were kept in other hands.

M. Odevaere is a most eminent painter, and is greatly patronised by the royal family here, as he was by Napoleon in Italy. His latest work, ‘The Last Day at Missolonghi,’ has gained him imperishable fame. So, my dear Sir, your enthusiastic friend and admirer is himself entitled to your respect for his own merits in his own beautiful pursuit and profession.”