1751. Robert Southey to William Peachy, 27 February 1810 *
Keswick. Feby. 27. 1810.
My dear Sir
You should have heard from me sooner if I could sooner have satisfied myself, but these things are better left undone, unless they are done well, & the power of doing them well cometh, like wind, when it listeth. 
Sacred to the Memory
Emma . . . .
Daughter of . . . . Chartres Esqr
Wife of Lt Colonel Peachy
Who xxxx died in the Island of Madeira
. . . . 1809
Aged .. years 
This is longer than I could wish, tho I have laboured hard in shortening it since it was written. Excepting this fault I am well satisfied with it, & this is a fault only as it respects the stone cutter.
I have long thought of writing a poem upon this Lake, – should it ever be executed the best part will be upon the same subject as [MS torn] inscription. – Many indeed is the verse which I should have addressed to Mrs P. if I had had heart to do it, – but the thought of her death was ever before my eyes
believe me my dear Sir
yrs very truly,