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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 4: 1810-1815

1922. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 14 May 1811 ⁠* 

Tuesday May 14. 1811

My dear Grosvenor

Part of your penance for a certain saying concerning the snow & the thaw & the inundation &c – is to put the inclosed letter into the twopenny post, – unless you should like better to call with it at the Courier Office & see Coleridge during one of his fits of industry, which happily seems to be come on. [1] 

I have been at poor Mr Bunburys funeral, & have just left his son, with whom I spent two hours last night. I have now been taking him out of his lonely room at the Royal Oak, & as much as could be out of his own thoughts. It was a dismal circumstance to bring two men together so far advanced in middle life, for the first time since they had parted boys. He is a very sensible man.

God bless you



* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr.
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 24
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Coleridge had joined the staff of the London newspaper the Courier in April 1811. BACK

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