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
 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