2315. Robert Southey to [John Wilson Croker], 21 October [1813]

2315. Robert Southey to [John Wilson Croker], 21 October [1813] ⁠* 

28. Queen Ann Street. Thursday 21 Oct.

My dear Sir

I thank you for what you have done in an affair of more importance to me than it will appear to the public. [1]  By vesting the income of the Laureateship in a life insurance, it will give my family three thousand pounds at my death. Thus you have indeed conferred upon me a signal benefit, – for to you it is that I am primarily & chiefly indebted.

On Thursday in the next week I shall have great pleasure in accepting your invitation

believe me my dear Sir

very truly & thankfully yours

Robert Southey


* Endorsement: Read
MS: Morgan Library, MA 1005. ALS; 1p.
Previously published: Myron F. Brightfield, John Wilson Croker (London, 1940), p. 213.
Dating note: Thursday was 21 October in 1813; dated from content. BACK

[1] i.e. Croker had played an important role in Southey’s appointment as Poet Laureate. BACK

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