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