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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter XX. 1827-1831
William Roscoe to Lord Brougham, [December? 1830]

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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“Although I have not yet made my appearance amongst the fifteen hundred friends, who (as I understand from the daily papers) have already congratulated your Lordship on your having attained the highest honours of your profession, you will, I am sure, do me the justice to believe that there is no person who rejoices more sincerely in that event, or who looks forward to the result of it with greater expectation than I do.

“That one, who has hitherto unceasingly devoted himself to the greatest and most generous pursuits, should be placed in a situation where the greatest facilities are afforded for benefiting
mankind, is so rare and so happy a coincidence, that it is impossible not to indulge the most favourable anticipations from it. That your Lordship may long live to enjoy the delight which I well know you feel in doing good to others, as far as even that elevated and honourable station will permit, will always be amongst the most earnest of my wishes.

“My attention was recalled a few days ago to the period of our more frequent intercourse, by the receipt of a small pamphlet from Mr. George Forwood, who is now stipendiary superintendant of the poor in Liverpool. This pamphlet is upon the subject which now occupies the entire attention of the nation,—the extension of suffrage,—and is written (as he tells me in a note) for the purpose of exemplifying one of the principles upon which (in my letter to you, addressed to you now upwards of twenty years ago) I proposed my plan of reform;—namely, ‘to extend the right of voting to all, who, as householders, are heads of families, and contribute to the exigencies of the state; as well as to some others of the community.’

“As the pamphlet just sent me enters somewhat more particularly into the subject, and as the author has requested that, if I should think favourably of his attempt, I would bring it more immediately under your notice, I have sent your Lordship a copy of it; not doubting that all
information on so important a subject, and particularly that derived from practical men, will be received by you with your usual indulgence.

“A few of my friends here having thought proper, on the present occasion, to republish my letter on Reform, addressed to your Lordship in the year 1810, I venture to trouble you with two copies of it; and as I do not recollect, at this distance of time, whether I ever gave you a copy of my neighbour Mr. Merritt’s letter to me on that subject, and of my answer to him, I also send copies of each of these,—and am on all occasions, with the sincerest respect and attachment, my dear Lord,” &c. &c.