Roberts, William

To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 13 December [1815]

who has been with us, boasts much of some pleasant hours spent with you in Wales. He is a superior Man, brimful of information One of our best Orientalists. He is just returned from his second visit to the City of sin, whither he went to see his friend * He is going again on a Mission about the French New Testament, which I am happy to say hi /a/ s /been/ circulated by many Priests, to the amount of three Editions. – I hope you have seen Mr. Roberts’ excellent Article on ‘The Church in Danger’ in the last British Review.* I am glad to find that valuable work is in high repute.

Hannah More to Marianne Thornton, November 1817

I have obeyed commands in writing to the on the Subject of the Bristol Review, I shall see them soon when I shall be more explicit. I wished, when I read it that some of those horrid quotation from that Wretch * had been omitted, for tho they were doubtless inserted with a view to inspire horror, yet religion is more honoured by their exclusion than by their condemnation. Mr. R I believe did not write it, yet as Editor* he might have prevented. As to Llalla Rooks* (I don’t know how to spell it) and other mischiefs of the School they are so nauseous to me that I rarely look at them. I find the Review of was by Roberts*. I think it a Masterly criticism. I fancy too by the style that he reviewed French Literature*. I cannot agree with you in the condemnation of this Article. There was a passage or two I think I did not like, but I cant recollect what. I think it a very able Review. I know few persons who could have written it, because few possess such a knowledge of the French Writers. I do not agree him in his censures of [sic] or but that is more matter of taste. I was afforded [letter ends abruptly]