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Memoir of Francis Hodgson
Henry Drury to Francis Hodgson, 29 December 1828

Vol. 1 Contents
Chapter I.
Chapter II. 1794-1807.
Chapter III. 1807-1808.
Chapter IV. 1808.
Chapter V. 1808-1809.
Chapter VI. 1810.
Chapter VII. 1811.
Chapter VIII. 1811.
Chapter IX. 1811.
Chapter X. 1811-12.
Chapter XI. 1812.
Chapter XII. 1812-13.
Chapter XIII. 1813-14.
Vol. 2 Contents
Chapter XIV. 1815-16.
Chapter XV. 1816-18.
Chapter XVI. 1815-22.
Chapter XVII. 1820.
Chapter XVIII. 1824-27.
Chapter XIX. 1827-1830
Chapter XX. 1830-36.
Chapter XXI. 1837-40.
Chapter XXII. 1840-47.
Chapter XXIII. 1840-52.
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Harrow: December 29, 1828.

My dear Hodgson,—I am just off for Eton on a visit to Keate; and am so heartily tired of writing letters that I must be brief. If’ the schoolmaster is abroad,’ so are the saints; they are making prodigious efforts, and so am I. Two Governors I consider secure; from one of them I have an actual promise. Peel has written privately to me most encouragingly. I have had a private conference with the Lord Chancellor, who has most zealously assisted me by writing and canvassing in all directions; and I heard yesterday from good authority (and if so, I am indebted for it to Lonsdale) that
Archbishop of Canterbury has written to Lord Aberdeen, requesting his vote for me. In short, everybody tells me I am certain of success. I have no opponent as yet but Mills!!! who has not the chance of a fraction of a vote. Batten will only stand if the saints think the case dubious.

Now for you. I have been staying a week at Eton, and this is what I learn. Carter has a prescriptive right, as Goodall deems it, as master (not assistant) to a fellowship whenever he stands.1 And why? Because, in the examination before the House of Commons, the Provost declared that the Masters were provided for by fellowships; Jesuitically saying afterwards, that he meant by Masters only the Head and Lower Masters. My friends are very numerous and very zealous, and perhaps a little too confident.

Ever most sincerely yours,
H. Drury.

I have heard from Tom Moore this morning.