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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Samuel Rogers to Sarah Rogers, 30 October 1841

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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‘My dear Sarah,—I am so glad your journey has answered in any degree; and your last visit cannot fail, for there you will be discharging a duty, and with those who will rejoice to see you. As for our adventure, perhaps a brief journal and a comment or two will give you the best idea of it.

‘October 7.—Canterbury. I drank tea with the Quillinans.


‘8th.—Breakfasted with them.

‘9th.—Slept at Dover; walked on the parade.

‘10th.—Embarked at 6, landed at Boulogne at 9.30; a pleasant voyage. After breakfast went and slept at Montreuil, after a walk on the ramparts.

‘11th.—Abbeville; Madame, at the Hôtel de l’Europe, asked tenderly after the ladies, you and Miss M. Saw by the book that Dr. Henderson was at Paris.


‘13th.—Chantilly; a sunset.

‘14th.—A fair at St. Denis; saw the Abbey and the tombs. Paris: old apartment at l’Hôtel de l’Europe. Dined and went to the Italian Opera; Maltby reposed at home. So far well. M. is delighted with everything, and desires me to tell you so. He was so afraid of climbing that I thought of an entresol, and now he is enchanted and thinks so little of the staircase, that he has once or twice gone a flight higher by mistake. We dine in the restaurants below and breakfast above. The Martineaus (Miss Batty) breakfasted once with us and are gone; Dr. Henderson more than once and twice. We have been to Versailles. The weather has been rainy, but always fair when we wanted it most. I have been much at the Louvre with Mr. Locke, and Maltby much with the booksellers. When I dine out, which has happened once or twice with the Lockes, M. dines at Very’s and talks with the French. Once we breakfasted with Mrs. Forster, and met the Tricquettis and Mrs. Jameson, who I suspect lodges and boards with Mrs. F., and Miss Courtenay, who was with her on a visit and is gone. Mrs. J. is for ever in the gallery, and evidently
for the Press. Who should I meet there twice but Miss Denman! She was with another lady, and is now gone. Sarah’s affair is, indeed, a great event, and must occupy poor Mary very much. I hope it will turn out well. M. and F. are indeed very unlucky. To be prisoners at Innspruck of all places in the world! Your visit to Quarry Bank must have affected you not a little. What a change there in a few years! Fanny Johnstone, I fear, does not lie in your way home. I calculate that you will be returned by the middle of November; our month here will expire on November 11, and perhaps we shall stay till then, for M., who came with the resolution to go in a week, seems now very willing to stay till he removes to the Père la Chaise. As for me, I have had nearly enough.
Lady Essex and Miss J. doze away their time. They have a premier at number 36 near us, and every other day one or the other is confined to her bed, having never been to the Italian Opera but once, when I took stalls for them, or to the Grand Opera but once and with us. Miss Gregg, one of the Antient Music subscribers, was of the party. When they go out it is in a citadine, unless they walk in the garden, which they profess to do much, but I never meet them there. When they put on their bonnets Mlle. Poppet is enragé. They have not yet got a loge at the Italian Opera, which is very difficult to be had. (They have now one for once a week.) There is a curious opera performing here by boys—“Byron at Harrow”—Sir R. Peel is the principal conspirator, and cries “Marchons!” We must see it. Near my own door I met to-day Sir William and Lady Chatterley. They set off for Nice and Naples, when she fell
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ill by the way, and they are come to stay here. I walked them upstairs and showed them an apartment au premier. Whether they will take it I don’t know. They enquired much after you, as Mme. de Chabannes has done. She called yesterday, and to-day I have seen her. She is in her usual spirits. I have looked about a little, and have seen nothing in the shops to tempt me hitherto, and I think I should return to-morrow but for my companion, who is in higher spirits than I ever saw him, and is trying, by Dr. H.’s encouragement and example, to like French cookery—rather a late attempt. He will now, I tell him, no longer shake his head so repulsively when your entremets are offered to him. He is just gone out to dine with Dr. H. at a table d’hôte. For the three last days there has been a sale at the Ambassade. Everything sold off, from parlour bijouterie down to pots and kettles. The
Granvilles are gone to Nice and the Cowleys not yet come.

‘Farewell, my dear Sarah, and believe me to be yours affectionately,

‘S. R.
‘30th Oct. [1841]: Hootel de l’Europe, Rue de Rivoli.

Sutton called upon us twice before he went and seemed very happy and much engaged. Pray give my best love to everybody at Stourbridge. I hope Patty received my letter. You must now be familiar with railroads. I have heard nothing from Lady Holland, who must now have returned from Brighton. When in England I had a letter twice a week, but I suppose she is displeased at my going. I was for calling upon the , but when Maltby said, in bis usual phrase, “I
have no objection,” I let it alone. On our return I shall hope to find Catherine there. The weather very tolerable, and often with M. a subject for congratulation.’