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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 4: 1810-1815

2413. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 1 May 1814 ⁠* 

May 1. 1814

My dear R.

Is there any good reason why we should not require a sum of money for those possessions which will now be restored to France, for which France has no possessions of ours to give in compensation? [1]  – The money might be made the foundation of a fund for increasing the pay of army & navy according to length of service; – or as a readier popular application, which would have no difficulty to encounter, – divided between Chelsea & Greenwich. [2] 

The reason there is that France has no money at present. But we might retain them till she has, – or trust.

RS.


Notes

* Address: To/ J Rickman Esqre
Endorsement: Fr/ RS/ 1 May 1813 [an error for 1814]
MS: Huntington Library, RS 224
Unpublished. BACK

[1] At the Treaty of Paris, signed on 30 May 1814, France received back all its conquered colonies, apart from Tobago, St Lucia, Mauritius and the Seychelles. BACK

[2] The Royal Hospital, Chelsea (founded 1681) and the Royal Hospital for Seamen, Greenwich (founded 1694) for retired and injured soldiers and sailors. BACK

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