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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Samuel Rogers to Sarah Rogers, 23 October 1845

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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‘Paris: 23rd Oct., 1845.

‘My dear Sarah,—I wrote from Broadstairs, but, having heard nothing in reply, conclude that you wait to hear from me at Paris, and a diary will best answer my purpose and yours.


Oct. 6th.—Maltby left me to return by steamboat, being anxious to see Travers.

‘7th, 8th, 9th.—Went to Dover, there saw only the Miss Westmacotts and Barry the architect. Rough weather.

‘10th.—A good passage to Boulogne. Dined at table d’hôte with Mrs. Cholmondley and Mrs. Romilly, who asked much after you.



‘13th.—Paris. Took my old nest at the top of the tree and drank tea very comfortably with Lady E. and Miss J. and Pop, who wished for you.

‘14th.—Went with them to Norma. Louvre in the morning.

‘15th.—Dined with the D’Henins. Maltby will tell you about Adele.

‘16th.—The eldest Shee breakfasted with me. Went with the B[ellenden] Kers and Miss C. to the French opera.

‘17th.—Dined with them at the Frères Provençales.

‘18th.—Mrs. and Miss Horner breakfasted with me and went with me at night to the French opera.

‘19th.—Went to the Italian opera. Delightful day. Went to Meudon.

‘20th.—Drank tea with Mrs. Forster.

‘21st.—Mr. and Mrs. Martineau and son breakfasted with me. So far well, only I caught cold yesterday and have it still, and like Paris less than before, but am not in spirits, and the fault is in me. To-day it rains, and for some days it has been colder than usual, though
there have been many sunsets very splendid. Have been invited to the Embassy, but could not go, or should have met the
Abingers. Washington Irving is here from Madrid, and I have breakfasted with him and his niece. ‘Lord and Lady Abinger are here on a nuptial tour. All this sounds very busy, very like what you read in “The Morning Post.” But to go to a better subject: I hope you are pretty well and still in the country. Mrs. Forster has had Lord and Lady Nugent with her. They are gone to Malta, by Marseilles, travelling by public conveyances and without man or maid. At Dover I fell in with Lord and Lady Ashburton on their way to Italy with their daughters. We crossed together and parted at St. Denis. I say parted, having exchanged talk on the road, but having had no meal together. But who do you think came close behind me all the way? Lady Conyngham, though I could not somehow get a sight of her. Once she breakfasted in the same room with Reece, talking freely with him, and when I looked in at the door, and he asked her if she knew Mr. Rogers, she said, “No.” The Kers are on the wing for England, and so are the Horners. Henry [Sharpe] arrived last night from England, and tells me you were expected at home; he is, as usual, in high spirits.

‘Yours ever,
‘S. R.
‘Hotel de l’Europe, Rue de Rivoli: 23rd Oct.

‘I may stay a fortnight longer. The Kers are very active and see everything. The Horners have been here for some time in the absence of Mr. H. You may now go to Orleans by rail-road and return at night; as also
to Rouen. But those things are best done in the summer. I suffer more from the cold than ever, and my neighbour’s smoke makes my eyes smart. I have not yet been to Versailles. To-day I breakfast with Mme. de Chabannes, née Miss Ellis. She is related to
Lady Abinger, who is described as not handsome and about forty-five.’