813. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 28 July 
813. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 28 July  *
I believe George the Second is grown somewhat xxx more helpable than he was. he wants employment & bread & thinks, not unreasonably, that a Surgeons mates birth in army or navy, is the most feasible thing he can look out for. A months attendance in our infirmary, he says, will show him as much of the practice as he wants, having seen a good deal in Edinburgh. Now what I plague you for is to ask you to ask how these things are xxxxxx get-at-able. in the navy I should judge, they require only application to the Board,  without interest, for they have always a want of surgeons. in the army Carlisle can tell you how they are to be got – for he pushed Allen on, & when one knows what interest can do in such a case then the Second George may try Lord Stanhope  if it be needful.
poor Devil – if he should one day cut off a leg above the tourniquet by mistake – God forgive me if he should – but what can be done – for he will neither drown himself nor turn Methodist parson.
* Endorsements: July 28; 1803
MS: Huntington Library, RS 39. ALS; 1p.
Published: Kenneth Curry (ed.), New Letters of Robert Southey, 2 vols (London and New York, 1965), I, pp. 321-322. BACK
 The Sick and Hurt Board, a subsidiary of the Navy Board, was responsible for Royal Navy medical services, 1715-1806. BACK