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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Uvedale Price to Samuel Rogers, 8 December 1824

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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‘Foxley: Dec. 8th, 1824.

‘You will very much oblige me by giving me your opinion and advice on what I am going to mention. In the sheets I am preparing for the press there are a number of Greek and Latin quotations, with some new marks over the syllables, and others employed in an unusual manner, it therefore is of consequence to me that my printer should be accurate and intelligent. Valpy had been often mentioned to me as such; and Knight, whose “Carmina Homerica” he printed, spoke highly of him, and from these accounts, without having any acquaintance with him myself, I intended to make use of his press. Valpy, by some means, had heard of my having written remarks on parts of Knight’s Homer, and he wrote to me requesting that if I meant them for the public I would allow him to insert them in his “Critical Journal.” I had written such remarks and had sent them to Knight, with whom I had a correspondence on the subject, but had no thoughts of making them public, as

1 The sentence is: ‘Who, did he but reflect by what slow gradations, often by how many strange concurrences, we are led astray, with how much reluctance, how much agony, how many efforts to escape, how many self-accusations, how many sighs, how many tears—who, did he but reflect for a moment, would have a heart to cast a stone?’—Italy, pt. 2, v.

I told Valpy; but told him at the same time that I had a work on hand which, when finished, it was my intention to send to his press; and not long afterwards, having sent a sort of epitome of the work to
Lord Aberdeen, I desired him to send it to Valpy, which he did, and thus stands the case between us. I have never heard his merits as a printer called in question, but I have lately been told that he is en mauvaise odeur with some of the most eminent scholars—Bloomfield was particularly mentioned—who are strongly in opposition to him and ill-disposed to whatever comes from his press, and though I do not wish to curry favour with these great men, I should be sorry to have them prepossessed against my performance. What occasioned this enmity I never heard, but I have heard that Valpy has a certain mixture of presumption and affectation, which, if such be the case, may very naturally give offence and disgust; and, I must own, I did not much like the manner and style of the letters I received from him. The point upon which I particularly wish for your opinion is, how far you think I am engaged to Valpy; and whether, supposing the circumstances seemed strongly to require it, I might make my excuses to him and employ another printer. Mawman, you know, was my last publisher; I should suppose he is not particularly used to print books of a learned kind, and that he would not much care who was the printer provided he had the publication. I have great confidence in your advice and opinion; but am afraid I have very much indisposed you from giving me any assistance on the subject in question, by having harassed you upon it so unmercifully in my last letter.
I hope you will forgive me, and as it was my first fault of the kind, so I faithfully promise it shall be the last. If it should have been the chief cause of your silence I have been well punished.

‘Believe me, with all our best regards,
‘Ever most truly your
U. Price.’