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William Godwin: his Friends and Contemporaries
Ch. X. 1819-1824
Henry Blanch Rosser to William Godwin, 9 January 1821

Contents Vol. I
Ch. I. 1756-1785
Ch. II. 1785-1788
Ch. III. 1788-1792
Ch. IV. 1793
Ch. V. 1783-1794
Ch. VI. 1794-1796
Ch. VII. 1759-1791
Ch. VII. 1791-1796
Ch. IX. 1797
Ch. X. 1797
Ch. XI. 1798
Ch. XII. 1799
Ch. XIII. 1800
Contents Vol. II
Ch. I. 1800
Ch. II. 1800
Ch. III. 1800
Ch. IV. 1801-1803
Ch. V. 1802-1803
Ch. VI. 1804-1806
Ch. VII. 1806-1811
Ch. VIII. 1811-1814
Ch. IX. 1812-1819
Ch. X. 1819-1824
Ch. XI. 1824-1832
Ch. XII. 1832-1836
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Cambridge, Jan. 9, 1821.

Dear Godwin,—The morning I received your letter I called on Barron, the man in whose rooms in College I have been, till within this week, since last May. He is quite satisfied that you have overthrown Malthus, and I am satisfied, from some conversation I had with him, that he fully comprehends the pith of the argument. This is a valuable opinion. He is a first-rate classic, and no ordinary mathematician. He is yet only twenty-one, and has begun to think about a year.

“The present Vice-Chancellor, who is also Master of Trinity, is so determined to be made a Bishop, and has descended to so scoundrelly inquisitorial practices, that I have judged it best to have no personal communication with Hatfield. . . .

“I went to see and talk with Place and Mill, from both of whom it shall be their fault, not mine, if I do not get a distinct statement of their—if Place has any—objections to your book.


“Has there been any article on it in the ‘Examiner?’ I shall see Henry Hunt upon this point. . . .

“In the ‘Black Dwarf?’ I shall endeavour to see Wooler upon this.

“In the ‘Supplement to the Encyclopaedia Britannica,’ now publishing, Mr Mill is a frequent contributor. The letter ‘P’ is yet distant, and an article, ‘Population,’ must go in. If he is converted: why should not he? and, if not, why should not some other person make your book a mine for an article?

“These are all words. . . . I can only send you my best wishes.—Very sincerely yours

H. B. Rosser.”