1906. Robert Southey to Lady Beaumont, [c. 20 April 1811] *
I ought to say something of what Lord Hardwicke  has said respecting Coleridge, – but upon this subject I could explain myself better when I shall have the honour of seeing your Ladyship. There is one way in which he could effectually <be> served, & rendered useful not merely to his family but to his country also, – & that is if he could <be> attached in some confidential capacity to an Embassy. Any minister who was capable of appreciating his powers of mind would find such a man invaluable. I know no other way, & am but too sensible of the impracticability of this.