left. The time I trust is not far distant, when I shall be able not only to subsist myself without assistance, but even to assist such of my friends as are in need; but of this be assured, that I will rather enter into any line of life that is honorable, tho' never so irksome and laborious, than remain a burden to you an hour longer than is necessary.
My best respects to all my Uncles and Aunts--Aunt George in particular. Love to my yet unknown Cousins and be assured that I remain
Your obliged and truly affectionate Nephew
P.S. I ought to have thank'd my Uncles, Edward and the Colonel for their kind remittance, but trust they will excuse the neglect, when they consider how hard I was reading when it arrived.
TO THOMAS POOLE, Nether-Stowey, Somerset.
Merton College, Feb. 26, 1819.
My dear Sir
Since I last addrest you, I have gone through a series of Academical labours, with the result of which you are perhaps already acquainted. Though my success was not so decided as might have been wished, the place I occupied in the class-list was respectable, and as good as I expected--my friends are in general well satisfied with it. I cannot plead guilty to a sweeping charge of idleness, though the want of regular instruction, before and after my entering the University, not without some fault on my own part, which I do not avow without the resolution, with the assistance of heaven, to amend, prevented my studies bearing constantly on the great point in view. What I most failed in was the critical knowledge of the Greek and Latin Languages. I have now taken my degree, and have five pupils, who occupy me from 10 till 3. After which I keep up my own reading, and intend, if nothing occurs to alter my purpose, to become a Candidate at Oriel college on the ensuing election, which will take place in Easter-week. I must labour hard meantime to supply what is deficient in my knowledge, as far as possible. I am by no means sanguine in my hopes of present success; but a respectable examination, though it should fail of securing my election this year, will pave my way for happier efforts on the next opportunity; and at all events, the