The National Gazette article regarding an annuity for Sheridan Knowles. In a letter from London, it is mentioned that it was their intended to raise an annuity for Sheridan Knowles, so that he might enjoy ample leisure for authorship. James Sheridan Knowles (May 12, 1784 - November 30, 1862) was an Irish dramatist and actor. Knowles was for some years in the receipt of an annual pension of ?200, bestowed by Sir Robert Peel.