Letter 15


Pemb: Coll
Oxford Wednesday
[Postmark 8 Ju: 1825]

Yet once more O thou Kelsall yet once more I bestow on you a chance of investigating Alfred’s university. On Wednesday next is the commemoration, a high and solemn act of academic mummery at wh Chantrey is to receive a degree of LLD–I therefore recommend you to take a place on the roof of the Southton on Monday morng you will get here by dinner time–Tuesday will be consumed in seeing leonine wonders, Wednesday you shall go to the theatre, & (if so inclined) hear the spouting of prize verses &c–& in the eveg a concert–on Thursday then you may rush back to your sheepskins in the Lane–Besides here is another attraction wh I had well nigh forgotten, the new No of the Oxford Quarterly is to be produced on the occasion, in wh there will be a translation of a very curious high German piece of Schiller’s called the “Philosophische Briefe”–executed by your obedient servant–

Oxford is the most indolent place on earth–I have fairly done nothing in the world but read a play or two of Schiller, Aeschylus, & Euripides–you I suppose read German now as fast as English–There is a cheap copy of Schiller’s Drama to be had in Tottenham Court Road–about 1£. wh I shall be happy to get on commission as I go to town next week.

I do not intend to finish that 2nd Brother you saw but am thinking of a very Gothic-styled tragedy for wh I have a jewel of a name–

DEATH’S JESTBOOK–of course no one will ever read it–Mr. Milman (our poetry professor) has made me quite unfashionable here by denouncing me, as one of a “villainous school.” I wish him another son–

Oxford idleness the heat of the day, & the clock wh is just striking the hour for my lecture on Comparative anatomy break me off–Let me see you on Monday or Tuesday–the former day I recommend as it will give you an opportunity of seeing the last boat race this season

Yours ever


Addressed to
3 Houndwell Lane

[Gosse, 1894]