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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter X. 1808
Samuel Whitbread to William Roscoe, [January? 1808]

Vol I. Contents
Chapter I. 1753-1781
Chapter II. 1781-1787
Chapter III. 1787-1792
Chapter IV. 1788-1796
Chapter V. 1795
Chapter VI. 1796-1799
Chapter VII. 1799-1805
Chapter IX. 1806-1807
Chapter X. 1808
Chapter XI. 1809-1810
Vol II. Contents
Chapter XII. 1811-1812
Chapter XIII. 1812-1815
Chapter XIV. 1816
Chapter XV. 1817-1818
Chapter XVI. 1819
Chapter XVII. 1820-1823
Chapter XVIII. 1824
Chapter XIX. 1825-1827
Chapter XX. 1827-1831
Chapter XXI.
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“I was highly gratified by the attention you were so good as to show me in ordering a copy of your pamphlet to be sent to me, as every testimony of your regard and approbation is of the highest value in my estimation. I read the work with the avidity which my knowledge of the merits of the author in every way was so well calculated to excite, as well as the subject which he had treated, which of all others is the nearest to my heart. You may believe me, when I assure you that (exclusive of the note which is so peculiarly pleasant to me personally, and for which I sincerely thank you) my expectations, however highly raised, were perfectly satisfied, and that I esteem the production worthy of your fame and of the great work respecting which you have written. The positions you have taken are impregnable; the truths you have told are incon-
trovertible: and if anything can give them their due weight in these disastrous times of fright and delusion, it will be the temperate and conciliating manner in which you have stated them. The public of these kingdoms and the world are greatly indebted to you for your labours; would I could hope the English public would allow the rest of mankind to profit by them.

“You will have perceived that I gave notice some days since of my intention of submitting to the House a direct proposition on the subject of peace. I delay it for the purpose of seeing whether any further step will be taken by the French Emperor in consequence of the foolish and insolent refusal of his overtures, and because I think, for some parliamentary reasons, it may be brought forward with greater effect a short time hence. You have given me powerful assistance. I wish you were amongst us, that I might derive further aid from your exertions in the House; and in that wish I am sure I am joined by all who value independence, ability, and integrity. You avowed your opinion of the propriety of my conduct, at a time when I felt myself impelled to act by motives too powerful for restraint. Many who then joined in the attempt to restrain me, now give me the late satisfaction of knowing that they agreed with me in opinion at the time. I thank them for their frankness, and it gives me additional courage to proceed.”