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THE

EARLY LIFE

OF

SAMUEL ROGERS

BY

P. W. CLAYDEN

AUTHOR OF

SAMUEL SHARPE, EGYPTOLOGIST AND TRANSLATOR OF THE BIBLE'

LONDON
SMITH, ELDER, & CO., 15 WATERLOO PLACE

1887

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PREFACE.

The narrative of Rogers's early life covers a period of forty years, and naturally ends with his settlement in the celebrated house in St. James's Place. Another period of more than fifty years, in which he was one of the chief figures in English Society, remains to be dealt with in another volume. I have ample materials for this work in the shape of letters from many of Rogers's eminent contemporaries, but I shall esteem it as a great favour if those who possess letters by Rogers himself will let me have copies of them.

The materials for Rogers's life were placed in my hands by Miss Sharpe of 32 Highbury Place, and Mrs. William Sharpe of 1 Highbury Terrace, the representatives of his nephews and executors—the late Mr. Samuel Sharpe and the late Mr. William Sharpe; and I am deeply indebted to them for the generous trust they have

placed in my discretion. For the use made of letters and diaries I am solely responsible. I wish further to express my cordial thanks to Mrs. Drummond of Fredley and of 18 Hyde Park Gardens, for the valuable and interesting letters of Richard Sharp.

P. W. CLAYDEN.

13 TAVISTOCK SQUARE, LONDON :

November 1887.

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