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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter XX. 1827-1831
William Roscoe to Thomas Coke, [1828?]

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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“I was never more delighted than by your last letter, expressing in so kind and affectionate a manner your approbation of my labours in arranging your manuscript library at Holkham, or, rather, of the time I have spent in a most pleasing and instructive employment.

“Of the various works which I have of late undertaken, and which, to say the truth, have been rather too much for my latter years, I have great reason to be thankful that I have been able to bring them so near to a termination, that I have now some hope of seeing them all accomplished. The catalogue of the Holkham MSS. being deposited in the shelves of the library, and having received your kind and friendly approbation, I now consider as complete. The edition of Pope, a work of great labour, has now been finished for some years; and although it has been much abused by those whom it justly censured, I have received the approbation of all whose good opinion is worth having. My tracts on prison discipline, particularly as far as regards America, you will be happy to hear, have been attended with all the effect I could reasonably have expected; the system of solitary confinement, without labour, for which prisons were built at Philadelphia, and others were extending over the United States, having been rejected, and the opinions of M. La Fayette and myself having been referred to in express terms in the report of
their legislatures, and of the Society for prison discipline; so that I consider my works on that subject as terminated. The publication of new editions of the lives of
Lorenzo de’ Medici and Leo X., in which I have reviewed the remarks of my Italian and German translators, employed a great portion of my time, and placed those works in a form in which I wish them to remain. In short, I have nothing that remains on hand, but my botanical work, of which the prints are all published, and of which I hope, in the course of this year, to publish an additional number, which will complete the letter-press and finish the volume.”