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Memoir of Francis Hodgson
James Hodgson to Francis Hodgson, 5 March 1810

Vol. 1 Contents
Chapter I.
Chapter II. 1794-1807.
Chapter III. 1807-1808.
Chapter IV. 1808.
Chapter V. 1808-1809.
Chapter VI. 1810.
Chapter VII. 1811.
Chapter VIII. 1811.
Chapter IX. 1811.
Chapter X. 1811-12.
Chapter XI. 1812.
Chapter XII. 1812-13.
Chapter XIII. 1813-14.
Vol. 2 Contents
Chapter XIV. 1815-16.
Chapter XV. 1816-18.
Chapter XVI. 1815-22.
Chapter XVII. 1820.
Chapter XVIII. 1824-27.
Chapter XIX. 1827-1830
Chapter XX. 1830-36.
Chapter XXI. 1837-40.
Chapter XXII. 1840-47.
Chapter XXIII. 1840-52.
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Barwick: March 5, 1810.

My dear Frank,—We had been for some time expecting to hear from you, and therefore your letter by yesterday’s post was received with much pleasure. Mr. Coke I should hope has some small chance of getting Gladestry. But the Chancellor 1 I understand is notorious both for making promises and breaking them.

I do not think the Walcheren inquiry will

1 Lord Eldon.

turn the ministry out. The expedition was set about too late, as indeed all our military schemes always are; but, considering the circumstances, as much was done as could be expected. The loss of so many men by sickness is the only thing to be regretted.
Lord Chatham was not the fittest person to execute it; his subsequent conduct is not to be defended. So I give him up. The epigram1 is excellent.

I read the ‘Monthly Review’ some days ago, and immediately recognised your hand in two of the articles—the Persius2 and the ‘Chatterton.’ They both are well done and do you credit. You will say I am growing fastidious, for I do not admire Dr. Ireland’s learned book on Paganism, &c. At this time of day such stale objections ought not to be stirred. When Rome existed and was heathen they might be proper, but not so now. They have lost all their interest. The book, however, is a proof of the various research and consummate judgment of the writer. The Westminster boys when they heard it must have been amused if not edified

‘The Earl of Chatham, with his sword drawn,
Stood waiting for Sir Richard Strahan;
Sir Richard, longing to be at ’em,
Stood waiting for the Earl of Chatham.’

2 Stowes’s  Translation of Persius.

by the lecturer. It was impossible for them to understand what he was about. I read it through with some attention, and admire very much the abstracts given from
Austin and Cicero, and Varro, cum multis aliis et Graecis et Latinis. His observations on your note respecting Socrates 1 came from Mosheim and a sermon of Barrows; and they were well founded; but his expression that Socrates did not teach a proper creation, is a very improper one. Any writer less affected would have said, Socrates did not teach a creation properly so called; but ohe, jam satis.

My time has been much engaged2 of late in pursuing a gang of villains who have long infested Leeds and this neighbourhood. Eleven are already in York Castle, where I purpose going on Monday to be present at their trials, and to give some of them a good word to the judge; who I hope will be my old friend and schoolfellow, Sir Simon Le Blanc; we have not met since we parted in the year 1766 at the Charter House. We all join in our love, and a wish to hear from you soon.

Yours always,
J. Hodgson.