William Godwin

Sir James Mackintosh to Samuel Rogers, January 1816; Clayden, Rogers and his Contemporaries (1889) 1:409.

Dear Rogers—

It is said that Lord Byron has refused a very large sum from Murray for permission to publish separately two new poems which his lordship wishes only to be added to the collection of his works. Knowing the noble use which he has hitherto made of the produce of his works, I venture to point out to you poor Godwin as a person whom Lord Byron could save from ruin by granting the permission on condition of Muarry's giving Godwin such part of the sum spoken of as Lord Byron may be pleased to direct. Godwin is a man of genius, likely, for his independence of thinking, to starve at the age of sixty for want of a few hundred pounds necessary to carry on his laborious occupation.

If you agree with me I am certain that the benevolence of your heart will need no solicitor. But if you should not make any application to Lord B., I shall conclude that it would be improper. Say yes or no in writing.

Ever yours,

J. Mackintosh.