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The Life of William Roscoe
William Roscoe to Sir James Edward Smith, [26 May 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 long intended to write to you, but have been prevented by a continual succession of unavoidable occupation and bodily indisposition, and sometimes by the junction of both.

Leo’s reckoning is now made, and he must be sent to his account with all his imperfections. In the course of a few days after this comes to hand you will receive a copy, which, from its size, would terrify a man of much less occupation than yourself; and which you will naturally lay aside, till you can muster courage and find time to make so formidable an attack. Of the reception of this work I am, in many respects, doubtful; but I do not suffer my apprehensions to render me miserable. I have taken all the pains in my power, to make it deserving of the public notice; and have endeavoured to express
the peculiar opinions which it may contain with decency, though with freedom. If all this will not do, I cannot help it; nor would I alter or suppress those opinions, to obviate censure or obtain applause. In one place or another, I have found an opportunity of expressing my sentiments on the great subjects of politics, morals, religion, and taste, as well as on a variety of inferior topics, which I hope are not impertinently introduced; and by these sentiments I am content to be judged, so long as my book may continue to be read.”