810. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 20 July  *
Thank you for what you say about my scape-grace brother. Tom could get him into his own ship, but that would be a very bad thing for both. by a very circuitous route I could perhaps get at Captain Markham,  but I already have made use of that interest to appoint Tom, & to ask a second favour thro persons with whom I have no intimacy from a man whom I know not would be neither right nor agreable. the upshot of all this is that if you can get him rated I shall be very glad & feel myself debtor for one service more. moreover there is a great fitness in sending a lad to sea who is good for nothing ashore.
You will have seen by my letter which crossed yours how puzzled I am about George the Second, & what I think of the possibility of making him understrap – by the by a most excellent verb of yours.  it is a hopeless case. the three Georges  make a grand triad of the three unbelievable men – in spite of vexation I cannot help laughing at his freaks & resolution to attempt some literary work which shall neither require trouble or exertion.  as if he could go on as doubtless he begun by eating gingerbread alphabets.