1906. Robert Southey to Lady Beaumont, [c. 20 April 1811]

1906. Robert Southey to Lady Beaumont, [c. 20 April 1811] ⁠* 

I ought to say something of what Lord Hardwicke [1]  has said respecting Coleridge, – but upon this subject I could explain myself better when I shall have the honour of seeing your Ladyship. There is one way in which he could effectually <be> served, & rendered useful not merely to his family but to his country also, – & that is if he could <be> attached in some confidential capacity to an Embassy. Any minister who was capable of appreciating his powers of mind would find such a man invaluable. I know no other way, & am but too sensible of the impracticability of this.


* Address: To/ Lady Beaumont/ Grosvenor Square/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 20 AP 20/ 1811
MS: British Library, Add MS 35350. AL; 2p.
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[1] Philip Yorke, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke (1757–1834; DNB), politician and patron of the arts. When he was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1801–1806, one of his Chief Secretaries was Charles Abbot, Lord Colchester, Rickman’s patron. BACK