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

1967. Robert Southey to John Adamson, 15 October 1811 ⁠* 

Keswick. Oct 15. 1811

My dear Sir

I have great pleasure in informing you that the Books have reached me this evening, [1]  – from whence I know not, very damp & covered with mould, but not in the slightest degree injured by this, – they are now lying before the fire & will in a few hours be in as good condition as ever. I am very sorry for the trouble this affair has occasiond you, – & sorry also to learn by your last that you were indisposed at the time you wrote.

Believe me my dear Sir

Yrs very truly

R Southey.


Notes

* Endorsement: John Adamson Esq./ Newcastle; Mr Southey Poet Laureate to George 4th/ No. 150
MS: British Library, Add MS 18204
Unpublished. BACK

[1] The cargo of books sent by Sir Robert Porter (1777–1842; DNB), which had not arrived when Southey wrote to Adamson on 21 September 1811 (Letter 1957). BACK

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