3489. Robert Southey to [Richard Heber] [29 May 1820]
3489. Robert Southey to [Richard Heber] [29 May 1820] *
15. Q Anne Street. Monday Morning
My dear Sir
I received your first communication when I was on the point of setting out for Cambridge; & as you desired an answer by the 2d I took time for deliberation & advice. Upon due consideration it appears to me that I ought not to decline the proffered honour.  I would not willingly be thought <supposed> to undervalue such things; still less should I like to be thought insensible of an act of kindness. You will believe me when I say that Alma Mater in thus recognizing a truant son  will gives me a pleasure greater both in greater pleasure than the honour itself under other circumstances could possibly have occasioned.
Have the goodness to inform me on what day I should be at Oxford. 
& believe me my dear Sir
with much respect
your obliged & obedient
* Endorsement: Southey
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. d. 215. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: Dated by the content, which indicates that this was written on Monday 29 May. BACK
 Southey had been a student at Balliol College, Oxford, 1792–1794, but had left without taking a degree. BACK