383.: ricardo to mill1[Reply to 382] - David Ricardo, The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, Vol. 8 Letters 1819-June 1821 
The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, ed. Piero Sraffa with the Collaboration of M.H. Dobb (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005). Vol. 8 Letters 1819-1821.
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ricardo to mill
[Reply to 382]
Gatcomb 18 Sepr. 1820
My dear Sir
We were glad to hear that on your arrival in London you found all your family well.
Your cheres amies received your remembrances with great satisfaction; they have all grieved for the loss of your society, and speak of the time you passed with them with the greatest animation and pleasure. Mrs. Ricardo and myself were gratified with the few words you said of David—I believe he is a well disposed young man.
You were quite right in anticipating that on the subject of Mr. Napier’s letter to you, I should wish particularly to hear your opinion—I am glad you have given it, and I determine to be guided by it, if on further reflection you see no reason to alter it. It is impossible that I should be offended by any offer of a fee which Mr. Napier might make to me,—nor does my pride stand in the way of my accepting of it, if it is usual for persons who are amateurs, and not worthy to be called authors, to be paid for their articles.—You must know what the practice is in the case of the Edin. Review.
My scruples are of two kinds, first, I have a miserable opinion of the article itself and the most trifling compensation in a mere commercial view would be an overpayment. Secondly I am afraid that I may be thought mean in accepting a fee when it must be known that it formed no part of the motive which induced me to write the article. After saying thus much, I leave the matter wholly to your better judgement.
The meetings and processions in London must I think have some effect on the higher powers. I wish however that the Queen may be able to prove her innocence. Mr. E. Clutterbuck yesterday told me that the people in Cheltenham hearing that Denman was on his road to that place, wanted the bells rung to welcome him. The clergyman refused to give the keys, in consequence of which above a thousand persons went out to meet him, to the great terror of Mrs. D. who was with him. They drew the carriage in triumph thro’ the town, after which Denman made them a speech in which he said that his royal mistress was innocent, or he should be able to prove her innocence, and her honour would shine with as much brilliancy as the stars which he was then looking at. He recommended them to disperse, and go to their homes. This they did not do till they had broken every window of the parsons house. Mr. James Clutterbuck who was the only magistrate in the town could do nothing with them, and was obliged at last to call on Denman for his assistance. Denman readily gave it, again addressed the mob when they immediately dispersed.
The Wilkinsons have left us for London this morning. It is raining slowly but without cessation. Mrs. Ricardo Mary and Birtha desire to be kindly remembered.