William Gifford to Edward Copleston (4/11/1811)

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William Gifford to Edward Copleston
Apr. 11, 1811
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Date at top: April 11, 1811


James St
Buckingham Gate

April 11th. 1811


My dear Sir,

With ten thousand thanks, I take the liberty of inclosing two drafts, the smaller of which is for our ingenious friend.1 I believe you have already apprised him that I venture to do this in consequence of an indispensable law to which all our correspondents have the goodness to submit.

I should be extremely glad to know in what forwardness the Article is, which he kindly talked of furnishing us with, and about what time it may be expected.2 I long to anticipate the Edin. gentry this time, or, at least, to meet them on their first appearance. I really feel very great obligations to you for the assistance of this able pen: his Roscoe is excellent,3 and I flatter myself that he will not be displeased at any minute alteration which he may discover—indeed, I think that there is no one at all perceptible.

And now, my dear Sir, let me also express my gratitude for your most sound & critical & ingenious review of the Dr.4 It will do us high credit, & be universally approved by the learned.

I hope that this is merely the commencement of your support,5 & that you will allow me to look to you for something in the present No. I have long known your friendly zeal, and I assure you that I am not insensible to it.—

You mentioned a gentleman that would not improbably undertake a French Article: pray has he thought of Eugene or any other?—If you can procure us a volunteer, I shall be thankful. We stand high at present, and my anxiety increases.

Pray admire our Article on India. I have not often seen such a performance. It is anonymous: but Lord Teignmouth, from whom I received it, tells me that the person who wrote it, has had recourse to every original document which India or England could furnish.6

What is become of Heber?7 Buried in one of his own furrows? I can hear nothing of him. He certainly did not intend to be absent so long when he left Town.

Ever my dear Sir, with the

sincerest esteem, your obliged

& faithful servt

Wm. Gifford


Thursday morn.


Revd. E. Copleston