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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter V. 1795
William Roscoe to the Earl of Bristol, [1795]

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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“It will not seem strange to your Lordship,” he says, in answer, “that I should feel some desire to visit a portion of the earth which has been so frequently present to my imagination, or that this desire should be increased by the accommodation so generously proposed to me by your Lordship. But, however forcible these inducements may be, there are others which are still more powerful, and which prohibit me from indulging even a distant expectation of such an excursion. With the claims of a wife and eight children on my attention, I should feel little gratification in any pleasures which required a long absence from home, whilst the improvement of an extensive tract of waste moss land in the vicinity of Manchester calls for my constant superintendence. To say the truth, too, the striking picture your Lordship has given of the great seat of arms in ancient, and of arts in modern times, might almost shake the resolution of any one who was not determined, like Orpheus of old, to drag the object of his adoration from the jaws of hell itself. Under these united impressions, I must relinquish all idea of availing myself of your Lordship’s goodness, assuring you, however, that I shall always hold it in the most grateful remembrance.”