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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Samuel Rogers to Henry Rogers, 25 October 1812

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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‘Palace, Hamilton: 25 Oct. 1812.

‘My dear Henry,—Your letter overtook me last week at this place, on my arrival after a little journey of eight days through the Highlands, three of which were fine—a large allowance, I believe, in the North. Menteith lake, Loch Katrine, Loch Erne, Dunira, Dunkeld, Killiekrankie and Loch Leven were the principal sights, and amply rewarded us. I say us, for the Dunmores were with me. Loch Katrine surpassed my expectations, and is indeed the most beautiful thing ‘of the kind I ever saw. I am here within a mile of Chatelherault, which Sarah remembers, and within two miles of Bothwell Castle, which unluckily we did not see; but I hope to see all with her before I die. I wrote her a long letter into
Cheshire a month ago, and begin to fear she never received it, as I have not heard from her. This I address to you at Wassall, flattering myself that you are now there, and happy should I be to meet you there; but one thing after another has delayed me. I am now waiting to see
Jeffrey, who is coming here in a day or two, as he says, very kindly, to see me. He is to bring Dugald Stewart with him, and when they go, I shall proceed instantly to Edinburgh, and, after staying there two or three days, to Howick, if the Greys are at home to receive me. I shall not, therefore, reach Wassall before the latter end of next month, I fear; but I have set my heart upon being there, sooner or later. I rejoice to hear that all the invalids are better, and hope they will soon be well.

‘So Scarlett has lost, and Brougham. Creevey, I was very sure, would hang as a dead weight round his neck. Sharp wrote me word that he was setting off to Honiton, but I have heard nothing since. It must have been a joyful meeting at Wassall and worth going far to see. If you write a line on receiving this, pray direct to me at the post office, Edinburgh; if within a week, to Alnwick, Northumberland, through which I must pass, whether I stop at Howick or not. It was part of my scheme to spend two or three days at Castle Howard, but it will not now, I fear, be in my power. This is a very large old house, and so cold that I can hardly keep body and soul together. In my room is a whole-length of the beautiful Duchess of Hamilton by Sir Joshua Reynolds. On the table in the gallery lies the book in which visitors enter their names, and it moved me a little to see Sarah’s and mine there written nine years
ago. How many things have happened since! With respect to Scotland, it certainly strikes me as much as ever, and I am sure I have every reason to be pleased. I was glad to hear Mrs. R. was better, and hope you have found her well. Pray give my love to
Dan and Mrs. R. and all the family of girls and boys, and to Sarah if with you, and believe me to be ever, my dear Henry, yours affectionately,

Saml. Rogers.

‘I am much obliged to you for your kindness to Milly, and fear James has fallen a victim to his idleness. I am very sorry indeed for Maltby.’