2315. Robert Southey to [John Wilson Croker], 21 October  *
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.  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
* Endorsement: Read
MS: Morgan Library, MA 1005
Previously published: Myron F. Brightfield, John Wilson Croker (London, 1940), p. 213.
Dating note: Thursday was 21 October in 1813; dated from content. BACK