April 14th 1820
My Dear Talbot
This is the early answer I asked for, you will say – you see the blessed effects of Time & idleness
In spite of my not answering it however I was much gratified with your letter & moreover expect as a proof of your magnanimity a full & true account of the new Trinity <1> scholars – Is not Coleridge vehemently disgusted – how does the Pitt bear himself under his equality to Platt. Who of my year are enjoying the comforts & emoluments of residence Have you heard from Murray yet? Coddington <2> advises me that he has taken to hunting has had a bad fall & that what little matter of knowledge he has is fast going to the dogs I intend appearing among you soon at least some time before the long vacation begins. Remember me to Kindersley Arnold Marten <3> & co I suppose the first is taking it in 14 hours a day & swearing he does nothing as usual. By dint of sheer idleness I am getting well & am at present wholly given to boating Believe me
– Talbot Esqr
1. Trinity College, Cambridge.
2. Rev Henry Coddington (1798-1845), natural philosopher, fellow & tutor, Trinity College, Cambridge; d. in Rome.