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

2015. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 11 January 1812 ⁠* 

My dear Grosvenor

I left your last letter unanswered, – not from indifference to it, but because another subject ran away with all the time & paper I had to bestow. And now I have neither the one nor the other. Only – be assured the true physician for all your mental maladies is – the Butler. [1]  Write that book about the Butler which I have been for so many years calling upon you to write. [2] 


Jany 11. 1812.


* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr./ [in another hand] Exchequer/ J. C. Herries
Endorsement: 11 Jany 1812
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 24
Unpublished. BACK

[1] A private joke between Southey and Bedford concerning a comic hero they had invented called ‘the Butler’. BACK

[2] This was not written. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013