COLERIDGE and JESUS COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE
File of papers relating to Coleridge's return to Jesus College after his discharge from the 15th Light Dragoons, including a set of his college bills and correspondence between his brother George and the college authorities, comprising:
(i) Coleridge's college bills for the quarters ending Michaelmas (29 September) and St Thomas (21 December) 1793 and Lady Day (25 March) 1794, each on printed forms with his name entered at the head, listing expenditure on admission fees, barber, bedmaker, bookseller, butler, coals, cook, grocer, laundress, lecturer, milkman, porter, shoeblacker, smith, steward, tailor and tuition; the second and third with conjoint autograph letters by his tutor the Rev John Plampin of Jesus College, asking that payment be made to their account with Sir Robert Herries & Co and arranging for an interview with Dr Pearce who "wishes to have some conversation with you respecting your brother"; two with address leaves directed to George Coleridge, Hackney, 5 pages, wafer-seals, postmarks, 4to, the bills for 1793-4, the letters Jesus College and Fludyer Street, 6 March and 21 April 1794
(ii) Two autograph letters signed by Coleridge's tutor, the Rev John Plampin of Jesus College, to Coleridge's brother George, declaring himself "sincerely happy to hear, that your brother is sensible of his errors" and, in the second, setting out the conditions under which he has been readmitted to the college after his discharge from the army: "He has been reprimanded by the Master in presence of the fellows; -- & the reprimand will be recorded in the college-Register./ He is to be confined to the Precincts of the college for the space of one month, during which time he is to appear regularly in Chapel & Hall./ He is to submit to a literary punishment. And at least one half of the sum due for his college bills is to be immediately discharged"; with integral address leaves, postmarked, 3 pages, 4to, Jesus College and Fludyer Street, Westminster, 28 February and 16 April 1794
(iii) Autograph retained draft of a letter by George Coleridge [to the Rev John Plampin of Jesus], informing him that he has deposited £60 with his bankers, commenting on the Rustat and Christ's Hospital scholarships and adding: "I cannot in a few words explain to you the difficulties of so large pecuniary contribution in our family: nor indeed could such an explanation move you from the Duties of your office; but I hold it the part of justice to observe to you that whatever Sums are collected for my Brother are won from a rigid self-denial", and that he will endeavour to deposit whatever sums he can with his bankers by midsummer, 1 page, 4to, undated [?March 1794]
(iv) Two autograph letters signed by Dr William Pearce, Master of Jesus, to George Coleridge, providing details of the losses Samuel might expect to suffer ("...His Rustat Scholarship will not be vacated, till after an absence of six months; & he may effectually keep it by appearing at the Rustat Examination on Thursday in Easter week. His Chapel Clerk's place was only given to him for one year, which expired last XMas, so that tho' he is without that place, he has not lost it by his misconduct. Whether he will lose his Exhibition from the School, I cannot say, not being acquainted with the rules of that foundation..."); adding that: "I must apprize you, that when he returns to College, the Society will of course take cognizance of his conduct, & their sentence will be regulated in great measure, by the reasons which he will alledge in his excuse, & by the proofs & appearances of his contrition"; integral address leaves, postmarked and with traces of wafer-seals, 2 pages, 4to, Temple, 10 and 12 March 1794
(v) Autograph retained draft of a letter by George Coleridge to William Pearce, discussing his brother's arrears which he hopes can be paid in instalments ("...After announcing my Brother's Intention of returning to College and (as I have good reason to suspect) a great improvement in his sentiments, I proceeded to assure Mr P on the subject of Arrears..."), 2 pages, 4to, undated [March 1794]
- Please note there is an additional letter from George Coleridge included in the lot.