Can you inform me whether the Muses ever interfere in the election of fellows of Colleges, or whether they have any interest that way? If they have I must solicit your assistance, as I am about to become a candidate for a fellowship of Oriel College. I send you a list of the names of the fellows, on whose votes the election depends.
The only one whom you are likely to know, is Mr. Richards, of whose poetical endowments you think me so great a blasphemer. There will be only one vacancy, and five or six candidates — the election is April next [Cary was not successful].