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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Lord Brougham to Samuel Rogers, 12 October 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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‘Cannes (Var), Chateau Eleanor-Louise:
‘12th Oct., 1851.

‘My dear R.,—I have to thank you, which I do most heartily, for your kind letter. I wish I could afford you any return by giving you information as to the state of this unhappy country—unhappy, with all the elements of the greatest prosperity. But the fatal effects of a sudden, and utterly groundless, revolution (1848) continue to be felt in every way. There is a general sense of insecurity which pervades the whole people, and all feel gloomy and alarmed. I really consider that there is no foundation for this alarm, as far as regards general convulsion, because there is among all parties such a dread of it, that this is likely to prevent violence, except from the rabble. But partial outbreaks may very probably take place. However, the bad effects of the prevailing sense of insecurity are everywhere to be seen. No speculations are entered into and all manufactures and trade are kept in as much suspense as possible, in order to wait and see what may happen. The feeling which I find most universal, except, perhaps, among the Socialists and Rouges, who, of course, one never sees, is indignation at the shelter given in England to all insur-
rection-mongers; and now this feeling is increased by the reception of
Kossuth, though he is not, by any means, of the same class with the London Committees of Insurrection. Indeed, our good folks are not aware that the Hungarian affair was almost entirely an aristocratic movement.

‘I found nobody at Paris except Madame Lieven, and the diplomatic people, and also Thiers. The almost universal feeling is against this proceeding of Joinville.1 The violent Republicans like it, because it hurts the President’s chance, who, however, is pretty sure to be re-elected in one way or another. But the general wish is for Royalty as the only means of living tolerably secure from perpetual change, only there is no Royalist party ready to take the Government, and they all must submit to a Republic nearly all despise and hate.

‘I am here in a sultry summer, but I hope to see you before Christmas or very soon after it, and to find you as well as when I left you.

‘The journey here is now so easy that I could have arrived the fourth day from Paris, had I not stopped to pay a visit on the road.

‘Believe me ever most sincerely yours,
H. Brougham.’