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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Lord Wellesley to Samuel Rogers, 20 April 1839

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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‘Kingston House: 20th April, 1839—Saturday.

‘My dear Mr. Rogers,—Your very handsome present has delighted me, and demands my warmest gratitude. The book is magnificent, and quite suitable to the value of its contents.

‘I sought immediately my old and highly prized friend, “The Pleasures of Memory,” which I have read over more than three times, with increased admiration. I should like to hear what your opinion is of the famous passage in Dante
—‘Nessun maggior dolore
Che ricordarsi del tempo felice
Nella miseria.—

Milton has the same idea—
‘For now the thought
Both of lost happiness and lasting pain
Torments him.

‘This would seem inconsistent with the notion of pleasure in the recollection of past happiness; Goldsmith too—
‘To our past joys recurring ever,
And cheating us with present pain.

‘Not so T. Moore
‘The memory of the past shall stay,
And all our joys renew.


Dante hints that there is some such sentiment in Virgil
‘e ciò sa il tuo Dottore.

‘But I do not remember any passage in Virgil of that description, although several where the recollection of past pain is described as a pleasure—
‘Hæc olim meminisse juvabit.

‘I shall read the other poems in the book with great attention, and I have no doubt with the same admiration as that with which I am more particularly acquainted.

‘Believe me always, my dear Sir, with sincere regards and esteem, your faithful and obliged servant,