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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton to Samuel Rogers, 25 March 1851

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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‘Dear Mr. Rogers,—I have just received some strawberries from the country—and I venture to request your acceptance of them. If they are a little in advance of the season, they are more appropriate as an offering to you—since to the Poet there are no seasons, or rather, he is Lord over all.
‘Floribus halans
Purpureum Veris gremium, scenamque virentem
Pingis, et umbriferos colles et cærula regna.

‘I quote from a poem with which you perhaps first made acquaintance when strawberries were dainties, at least, for my part, I suppose it is from some association of youth between the first-fruits of the summer and my own early Latin studies, that I find myself quoting Gray’s noble lines, “De Principiis Cogitandi,”1 which I cannot have read for these twenty years, à propos of a basket of strawberries! But indeed, when one writes to

1 Lines 87-89.

the author of “
The Pleasures of Memory,” one is naturally hurried away from March winds and debates on Papal Aggression, to find oneself

‘In the groves of Academe
Or where Ilyssus winds his wandering stream.1

‘Believe, dear Mr. Rogers, in the profound respect of your admiring and faithful friend,

‘Edwd. Bulwer Lytton.
‘Athenæum: 25th March, 1851.’