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The Life of William Roscoe
Vol I. Contents

‣ 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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Family of Mr. Roscoe—his birth—loses his mother at an early age—his own narrative of his childhood—his reluctance to the discipline of a school—quits school at twelve years of age—assists his father in gardening—is placed with a bookseller—articled to an attorney—his attachment to reading and to poetry—imitations of Shenstone—attention to his profession—his early friends.—Memoir of Francis Holden—Robert Rigby—Miss Done.—Causes which led to the formation of Mr. Roscoe’s poetical character—his early poems.—Ode on the formation of a society for encouraging the arts of design, &c.—Mount Pleasant.—Letter from Sir Joshua Reynolds—smaller poems—other studies—“Christian morality.”

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Is admitted an attorney, and enters into partnership at Liverpool—his acquaintance with Miss Jane Griffies, and correspondence with her—his marriage with her—visits London—his taste for collecting prints and books—his
love of art.—“Society for promoting Painting and Design” established at Liverpool—his lectures there—his first acquaintance with Fuseli—writes “The Origin of Engraving,” a poem—reference in that poem to Lorenzo de’ Medici—his collection of prints—his correspondence with Mr. Strutt, author of the “Dictionary of Engravers”—his contributions to that work—is elected an honorary member of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester.
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Early opinions of Mr. Roscoe on the subject of the African slave trade—his allusion to it in the poem of “Mount Pleasant.”—Publication of “The Wrongs of Africa”—translated into German.—Publication of the “General View of the African Slave Trade,” his pamphlet in answer to the Rev. Raymund Harris—Thanks of the Abolition Committee.—Publication of the “Inquiry into the Causes of the Insurrection of the Negroes in the Island of St. Domingo.”
Motives which led Mr. Roscoe to take a part in politics—Celebration of the Revolution of 1688—song on that occasion.—Commencement of the French Revolution.—Publication of the “Ode to the People of France,” “Unfold, Father Time,” “O’er the vine-cover’d hills.”—Progress of the Revolution.—Execution of the Brissotines.—Letter to Lord Lansdowne—Publication of “Strictures on Mr. Burke’s Two Letters.”—“The Life, Death, and wonderful Achievements of Edmund Burke.”—State of parties at Liverpool—public meeting there.—
Address written by Mr. Roscoe—Singular proceedings.—Publication of “Thoughts on the Causes of the present Failures.”—The Literary Society—forced to abandon their meetings.—Letter to Lord Lansdowne.—Sonnet by the Rev. W. Shepherd—Visit to London.—Domestic correspondence.—Count Rantzau—correspondence with him and with the Countess Rantzau.—Removal of Mr. Roscoe from the town of Liverpool “Inscription.”—Removal to Birchfield.
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First idea of writing the Life of Lorenzo de’ Medici—want of materials—assistance rendered by Mr. William Clarke at Florence—progress of the work—printing of the inedited poems of Lorenzo—the Life sent to press.—Mr. M’Creery.—Lord Orford’s opinion.—Letter to Lord Lansdowne.—Publication of the Life—its popularity Letters from Lord Orford and Lord Bristol.—Opinions on the work—Lord Lansdowne, Dr. Aikin, the author of the “Pursuits of Literature”—correspondence with the latter.—Letters from Mr. J. C. Walker and Fuseli.—Dr. Parr’s criticisms, and correspondence with him.—Favourable reception from the periodical critics—review by Fuseli in the Analytical Review—success of the work abroad—opinions of the Italian scholars Fabroni and Bandini—translation into Italian by the Cav. Mecherini, and correspondence with him—criticism of the Abate Andres—opinions of Morelli and Moreni—translation into German by Sprengel—letter to him—translation into French—republication in America. 143
Mr. Roscoe, dissatisfied with his profession, relinquishes it.—Letters to Mr. Ralph Eddowes—Mr. Rathbone.—
Visits London—becomes a member of Gray’s Inn.—Society in London.—Letters to Dr. Currie, Mr. Rathbone, and Mr. Daulby.—Lord Orford’s death.—Sir Isaac Heard.—Washington’s genealogy.—Return to Liverpool Translates the “Balia” of L. Tansillo.—The Duchess of Devonshire—Sonnet to Mrs. Roscoe.—Letter from Lord Holland—Dr. Currie’s criticism.—Letter to Dr. Wright.—Visit to Mr. Daulby at Rydal Mount—his death—sonnet addressed to him—lines on his death.—Establishment of the Athenæum at Liverpool.—Letters to Mr. Edwards respecting Mr. Coleridge.—Robert Burns—letters respecting him—monody on his death—letter from Dr. Moore.—Publication of third edition of Lorenzo de’ Medici.—Letter to Dr. Parr.
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Mr. Roscoe purchases Allerton Hall, and retires thither—his projected mode of life—his studies Inscription—letter to Fuseli—Change in his prospects—becomes a partner in the bank of Messrs. Clarke—letters to Dr. Parr and Lord Lansdowne—his studies suspended—his opinions on political affairs—letter to Lord Holland.—Establishment of the Botanic Garden at Liverpool—prospectus of that institution—address delivered previously to the opening of the garden.—Letter from Dr. Rush of Philadelphia.—Correspondence with Dr. Smith—visit of the latter to Allerton—dedication by him of “Exotic Botany” to Mr. Roscoe.—Mr. Roscoe becomes a Fellow of the Linnean Society.—Fuseli visits Allerton—letter from him.—Mr. Mathias—his Canzone, addressed to Mr. Roscoe—correspondence with him.—Dr. Currie—his friendship for Mr. Roscoe—his character and death.—Letter to Mr. Macneil.—Death of Mr. William Clarke—his character and correspondence with Mr. Roscoe—lines addressed to him at Lisbon—letter on his death.—Death of Mr. Fox.—Letter to Lord Holland.—Visit to
London.—Political affairs—Letters to Lord Holland and Dr. Parr—visit of the latter to Allerton.
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Histories of the age of Leo X., Paulus Jovius, Fabroni—Collins’s projected history.—Warton.—Robertson.—Mr. Roscoe urged to undertake it.—Letters to Lord Bristol and Lord Holland.—Motives which influenced Mr. Roscoe.—Progress of the work.—Materials procured by Lord Holland—letter to him.—Assistance rendered by the Italian scholars.—Mr. Johnson’s offer—correspondence with him—documents procured through him Information obtained at Paris by the Rev. William Shepherd.—Letter to Fabroni.—The progress of the work interrupted—Sonnet Letter to Dr. Smith.—Publication of the work.—Letter to President Jefferson, and answer.—Letter to Dr. Smith—Letter from Mr. J. C. Walker, and answer.—Letter from Mr. Mathias—Other opinions in favour of the work.—Sonnet by Mr. Hayley.—Letters to Lord St. Vincent and to Dr. Parr.—Criticisms upon the work in the Edinburgh Review—in other publications.—Mr. Roscoe’s feelings on the occasion—his answer to the Edinburgh reviewers in the preface to the second edition.—Letter to Professor Smyth.—Prepares, but does not publish, an answer to his critics.—Letter from Mr. Mathias.—Reception of the work abroad—in Germany—is translated there—is translated in Italy by Count Bossi—French translation—American edition.—Effect of his literary labours on the health of Mr. Roscoe.—Letters to Fuseli and Lord Buchan.
Requisition to Mr. Roscoe to become a candidate for the representation of Liverpool—commencement of the elec-
tion—state of parties—his return—celebration of his election—his speech on that occasion—leaves Liverpool to attend his parliamentary duties—his feelings on his change of situation—letters to Mr. Rathbone and to the Rev. W. Shepherd.—Mrs. Roscoe joins him in London—letter from her.—Debate on the Slave Trade, and Mr. Roscoe’s speech.—Letter to Mr. Shepherd.—Speech on Sir S. Romilly’s Bill for subjecting Real Estates to simple Contract Debts.—Dissolution of the Ministry.—His speech on Mr. Littleton’s motion.— Speech on Mr. Whitbread’s Bill for the Education of the Poor.—Parliamentary patronage.—He assists in founding the African Institution—his speech on that occasion—termination of his parliamentary career—riot on his return to Liverpool—declines to come forward again as a candidate—his address—address to him.—Letter from Dr. Parr.—He is nominated without his concurrence—his address on the conclusion of the election—address to the freemen.—Letter to Dr. Smith, and answer.—Refuses the appointment of Deputy Lieutenant.
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Mr. Roscoe’s Tracts on the War.—Publication of the “Considerations on the Causes, &c. of the War with France.”—Character of Mr. Pitt in that pamphlet—The attack upon Copenhagen.—Poem of “Copenhagen.”—Letter to Mr. Wilberforce—Success of the pamphlet.—Letter from Mr. Whitbread.—Letter to Mr. Wilberforce.—Impression made by the pamphlet.—Publication of “Remarks on the Proposals for Peace,” &c.—Letter from Mr. Rathbone.—The pamphlet submitted to Mr. Whitbread—letter from him, and reply.—Mr. Roscoe’s defence against his critics.—Letter to Professor Smyth.—Opinions on the pamphlet.—Letter from Mr. J. Graham.—Letters to the Marquis of Lansdowne and to Mr. Whitbread.—Some of his political friends differ from Mr. Roscoe on the subject of peace—he proposes and carries
a pacific address at a public meeting at Liverpool.— Letter to Mr. Mathias.

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1809, 1810.
Mr. Roscoe resumes his literary studies—letter to the Rev. W. P. Greswell—meditates a Life of Dr. Currie—assists Mr. Cromek in preparing his Relics of Burns—writes the preface to the Gallery of British Portraits—his enquiries into the History of Art during the middle ages—projects a History of the Progress and Vicissitudes of Literature and Art—Death and character of Mr. Rathbone—Mr. Roscoe an active member of the African Institution—communications to that Society—controversy with Mr. George Harrison—letter to the Duke of Gloucester—Essay on the Right of Great Britain to compel Foreign Nations to abolish the Slave Trade—Letter to the Duke of Gloucester.—Liberation of nine negroes at Liverpool—thanks of the African Institution.—Publication of “Occasional Tracts on the War.”—Letter to Mr. Whitbread.—Letter to Mr. Wilberforce.—Letter from Sir Philip Francis.—Publication of “Observations on the Speech of Earl Grey.”—Letter from Mr. Whitbread.—Letter to Lord Erskine—Letter to Dr. Aikin.—Letter from Sir S. Romilly—Mr. Roscoe’s general opinions on peace.—Early writings on the subject 453

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