Skip to comments.The Oakling and the Oak: Hartley and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Posted on 12/19/2011 11:13:38 AM PST by mojito
From Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Thomas Poole, September 24, 1796:
"My dear, very dear Poole Mrs Coleridge was delivered on Monday, September 19th, 1796, half past two in the Morning, of a SON When I first saw the Child, I did not feel that thrill & overflowing of affection which I expectedI looked on it with a melancholy gazemy mind was intensely conntemplative & my heart only sad.But when two hours after, I saw it at the bosom of its Mother; on her arm; and her eye tearful & watching its little features, then I was thrilled & melted, & gave it the Kiss of a FATHER Its name is DAVID HARTLEY COLERIDGE."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the new father, was twenty-three years old. It was five years after he went up to Jesus College, Cambridge, as a classical scholar of dazzling promise; three years after he drank, whored, neglected his studies, ran up debts, considered shooting himself, accepted a bounty of six and a half guineas to join the 15th Regiment of Light Dragoons, covered his buttocks with saddle sores, repeatedly fell off his horse, was discharged, and returned to Cambridge; two years after he dropped out; one year after he met William Wordsworth; one year after he married Sara Fricker; six months after he published his first book of poems.
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It is indeed!
Thank you so much for posting the link, mojito!
Thanks for the ping, mojito.
I’m book marking the link to read later.
Wishing you a very Blessed Christmas.
Thank you, Amy.
God bless you and Merry Christmas.
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