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The Life of William Roscoe
Chapter VII. 1799-1805
William Roscoe to Thomas James Mathias, [1806]

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 have had the pleasure of receiving your obliging letter, accompanying the copies of your two beautiful ‘Canzoni Toscane,’ and cannot sufficiently express how greatly I feel myself indebted to you for this additional instance of your kind partiality. The Canzone which you have been so good as to address to me, I shall be proud to prefix to my ‘Life of Leo,’ and to enable a few of my friends, devoted to Italian literature, to do the same. I shall thus, in some degree, gratify a desire which I always had, to see this elegant production precede my work; and which, indeed, nothing could have prevented (had you consented to it), but an apprehension that I might be considered as publishing my own praise, in having my name thus permanently united with yours in this favourite object of our common pursuit.
‘Che andrian le Muse lagrimose e sole
Senza onor di ghirlande e d’auree cetre,
E muti si starian gli inni canori
Senza Te che Parnaso ami ed onori.’

“I continue to flatter myself, that at some period not far distant, I may have an opportunity of renewing our very interesting conversations on the literature and writers of Italy. If this should happen under my own roof, it would be doubly pleasant to me; and as it is probable that you may make an excursion during the summer, allow me to prevail upon you to direct your
course to the north, and to pass a few days with me in my quiet retirement at Allerton.”