2887. Robert Southey to [Samuel Rogers], 23 December 1816
2887. Robert Southey to [Samuel Rogers], 23 December 1816*
Keswick. 23d Dec. 1816
My dear Sir
I thank you most sincerely for your very kind reply to my application in behalf of Herbert Knowles,  – I have written to inform him of his good fortune, There are no prizes in the after lottery of life which will give him equal delight; – it will bring out his hopes into full blossom, – & God bless the fruitage!
Present my warm thanks to Lord Spencer,  – for indeed I feel this as a personal obligation. – The remittances had better be made toward Midsummer, – when the half-yearly bills become due, – & they may be addressed for the ensuing year to the youth himself, at the Revd James Tates, Richmond Yorkshire.
Believe me my dear Sir
yrs with the greatest esteem & respect
* MS: University College, London,
Special Collections, Sharpe Papers 208, Album of Letters and Autographs Collected
by Sarah Rogers, f. 124
 Southey had written to Rogers on 13 December 1816 (Letter 2879), asking him to contribute a sum to allow the young poet Herbert Knowles to attend St John’s College, Cambridge. Knowles died before he could take advantage of Rogers’s generosity. BACK