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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Isaac D’Israeli to Samuel Rogers, [February, 1832]

Vol. I Contents
Chapter I. 1803-1805.
Chapter II. 1805-1809.
Chapter III. 1810-1812.
Chapter IV. 1813-1814.
Chapter V. 1814-1815.
Chapter VI. 1815-1816.
Chapter VII. 1816-1818.
Chapter VIII. 1818-19.
Chapter IX. 1820-1821.
Chapter X. 1822-24.
Chapter XI. 1825-1827.
Vol. II Contents
Chapter I. 1828-1830.
Chapter II. 1831-34.
Chapter III. 1834-1837.
Chapter IV. 1838-41.
Chapter V. 1842-44.
Chapter VI. 1845-46.
Chapter VII. 1847-50.
Chapter VIII. 1850
Chapter IX. 1851.
Chapter X. 1852-55.
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‘Athenæum: Monday [February, 1832].

‘My dear Sir,—Accept a fugitive thing on a permanent topic in my “Reply” to Lord Nugent. Should you have patience and forbearance, you will pick up, I think, some amusement in the fifty pages.

‘But what you will find on the back of the last flyleaf interests me more while I am addressing you. I
imagine that you know how I formerly fully
avenged the cause of Pope in the “Quarterly” against our amiable editor, Bowles. “Modes,” that is myself, triumphed, and stroked his ears with much self-complacency, for he did hear his own words resound in the House of Lords, and more than one edition of Pope followed; and Pope was righted. He has of late again been wronged in the recent “Edinburgh Review.”

‘I recollect that you have many of the first editions of Pope. I have some, particularly the “Essay on Man,” in four parts, as they were published. I never could find, as the anecdote runs, the false claim which Pope expressly made to keep the world in doubt whether he were the writer.

‘Should anything occur to you on the subject of Pope, your communication will delight an old acquaintance of yours, who never imagined he should have written so much poetry and such little verse. My intention is to enter at large into the literary period of Pope, to mark out its influence on him, and trace the consequences in his writings. His friends and his enemies are well known to me, and it is an active era in our literature.

‘My visits to the metropolis are rare and short, and should you have occasion to address me it must be at Bradenham House, High Wycombe, where, should [you] ever stray, the sun will shine on us that day. It is four miles from High Wycombe.

‘Believe me, with great regard, dear Sir,

‘Faithfully yours,
I. D’Israeli.’