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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
John William Ward to Samuel Rogers, [March 1805]

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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‘Thursday Morning.

‘My dear Rogers,—I cannot refuse myself the pleasure of being one of the first to communicate to you the news of our friend Sharp’s success. He made his debut last night in reply to Sturges Bourne. Nothing could be more happy. He was of course a good deal alarmed, but luckily his alarm by no means suspended the exercise of his powers, and the speech was received, as it well deserved, with the utmost applause and favour by the House. His voice and manner both excellent. Take notice, I am not merely telling you my own opinion, but that of far more competent judges.

‘Pray don’t desert my dinner on Saturday in order to behold him in glory at the K. of Clubs.

‘I am far from well, and go not out except in a carriage.

‘Yours always most truly,
J. W. Ward.

‘Don’t forget the present you have promised to make me.’