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Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries
Sarah Siddons to Samuel Rogers, [9 May 1823]

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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‘Friday [9 May, 1823].

‘A thousand thanks, my dear Mr. Rogers, for your kind and friendly note. The sympathy of the good and wise (after those heavenly consolations which are mercifully accorded to our prayers) is the most efficacious, as it is the sweetest medicine of our sorrows. I know not why, but I did fancy I was almost forgotten by you, and it grieved me; for, alas! death and change have left me also almost a bankrupt.

‘This last, and I think heaviest of my many afflicting visitations, I have felt, and long shall feel, very severely. Sickness and sorrow have pursued me almost ever since we met, and but for the tender unremitting cares of my darling inestimable child, and excellent friend, I should probably not have lived to meet with you again. I was scarcely recovered from an illness which confined me to my bed for three whole months, when this last sad blow was struck. But it is no less irrational than blameable to cherish an unavailing sorrow, and I have at length
aroused myself to the effort of seeing my friends again, and I hope to meet you at
Sir George Beaumont’s (I believe it is) on Monday; in the meantime present my kind compliments to your sister, and believe me,

‘Your obliged and affectionate,
S. Siddons.

‘I generally take my airing at two, and cannot endure the chance of missing you again, therefore do not give yourself the trouble of calling, for I hope soon to be able to arrange something better than a morning call. There! I have lost the pleasure of seeing you again. How vexatious, but if you are good enough to call any day before two it shall not happen.’