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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter V. 1795
William Roscoe to Gaetano Mecherini, [1799?]

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 had yesterday the pleasure of receiving, through the kindness of Lord Douglas, your very obliging letter of the 4th of June last, informing me that you had sent me a copy of your translation from the English, of the ‘Life of the Mag. Lorenzo de’ Medici.’ This translation I had, indeed, already seen with the sensations of a parent who finds his offspring returned from a distant journey, improved in his appearance, language, and address. I shall, however, receive with additional pleasure, when it arrives, the copy with which you have honoured me; and shall regard it as a monument of that sincere esteem and attachment which a conformity of studies and pursuits cannot fail to inspire.

“You will readily conceive the satisfaction it must have afforded the author of a work on Italian literature, to find that his labours had been received by the judicious and learned of that country with not only indulgence, but protection and favour; but if there is a person whose approbation I should have wished to have
secured beyond that of any other, it is
Monsignor Fabroni, who has shown, by his own truly valuable and learned productions, how well he is qualified to judge on those subjects; and who, in the kind communications with which he has favoured me, has displayed a degree of liberality and candour which have made an indelible impression on my mind, and secured to him my unalterable attachment and respect.

“With regard to the work which, by your partiality, now appears in an Italian dress, let me be allowed to remark, that although I have observed, on some occasions, a difference of opinion between us, as appears by the Notes you have subjoined, yet, upon the whole, so far from being surprised at this diversity, I cannot but think it extraordinary that, in a work of such length, which has been the subject of consideration to two persons in different countries, of different religious habits, and opportunities of acquirement, there should be, in general, such an union between us, not only in matters of fact, but of judgment. In one instance (vol. iv. p. 112.), I could have wished that the original passage had either been given with the note, or the passage omitted without so pointed a reprehension; but it is of little importance; and I cannot, perhaps, expect that, in a passage where I certainly have not consulted the feelings of a great and respect-
able body of men, I should experience any extraordinary indulgence to my own.

“Since the publication of the work which has procured me the honour of your notice, I have employed a considerable portion of my leisure in compiling the ‘Life of Leo X.;’ in which I have made such progress, that I expect to send the first volume to the press in the course of the ensuing winter. As soon as this is completed, I shall have the pleasure of transmitting you a copy, as well as another for Monsignor Fabroni, to whose learned work on the same subject I shall stand greatly indebted, particularly in the more advanced stages of my narrative. As this publication will probably extend to three or four volumes, it will be some time before I can hope to see it completed; but I shall make a particular object of forwarding to you the volumes as they come from the press, and shall think myself much honoured by any observations that may occur to you on the perusal.”