2862. Robert Southey to Thomas Foster Barham, 14 November 1816*
Keswick. 14 Nov. 1816
I have just received your favour of Sept 16; – & thank you for the good opinion which you have been pleased to express of me in prose & in verse.  The happy indifference which I have ever borne to censure & abuse does not render me less sensible of approbation when thus bestowed.
Frank Bowles,  as he was then called, was reading Sallust  in Mr Foot’s school at Bristol in the year 1780, when I began with hic hoec hoc.  I remember him well as he was then for his gentleness & his good nature. My acquaintance with him in after life was but slight, but enough to make me respect & regret him.
I am Sir
yr obedient humble servant
* Address: To/ Thomas Foster Barham
Esqr/ Leskinnick House/ Penzance/ Cornwall
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Seal: black wax, with ‘S’, ‘In Labore Quies’ motto below
MS: Beinecke Library, GEN MSS 298, Series I, Box 1, folder 2. ALS; 2p.
 The ‘favour’ is unclear; but Barham’s opinion of Southey was reflected in the title of his Selection from Milton’s Hymn on the Nativity: Set to Music, and Dedicated to Robert Southey, Esq. Poet Laureate (1818). BACK
 Gaius Sallustius Crispus (86 – c. 35 BC), the Roman historian whose idiosyncratic literary style made his work testing for even advanced learners of Latin; ‘hic hoec hoc’ (‘this man, this woman, this thing’) was often the starting point for children in Latin grammar. BACK