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Rogers And Junius

Samuel Rogers was requested by Lady Holland to ask Sir Philip Francis

whether he was the author of Junius' Letters. The poet, meeting

Sir Philip, approached the ticklish subject thus: "Will you, Sir

Philip--will your kindness excuse my addressing to you a single

question?" "At your peril, Sir!" was the harsh and curt reply of the

knight. The intimidated bard retreated upon his friends, who eagerly

inquired of him the success of his application. "I do not know," Rogers

said, "whether he is Junius; but, if he be, he is certainly Junius


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