2113. Robert Southey to [John Wilson Croker], 10 June 1812 *
Keswick. June 10. 1812.
My dear Sir
My friend Williams Wynn informs me that I am indebted to your kindness for an attempt to forward my wishes & worldly interests.  The knowledge that this attempt was made in time, has saved me from the little sort of repining which I might else have felt, in fancying that my application had failed because it was preferred too late. – I wished for the office, not merely because it would have secured to me a moderate competence, but because I should have made it my pride to discharge the duties which ought to attach to it. The opportunity is lost, – but I am not the less beholden to you for your friendly intentions & endeavour.
Believe me my dear Sir
Yrs very thankfully & with great respect