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

2029. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 2 February 1812 ⁠* 

My dear Grosvenor

I am really vexed to think of the trouble these ugly fellows have caused me to give you. – [1] 

Send per waggon – from the Bull & Mouth, if there be no place nearer, which perhaps there may.

Ciudad Rodrigo, [2]  if recovered, will be more than a set off for Valencia. [3]  But it grieves my very heart to think that we have an army in that damnd Sicily which might beat Suchet [4]  in the field


Feby 2. 1812.


* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr./ Exchequer
Endorsement: 2 Feby 1812
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 24
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey had asked Bedford to send pistols, watchmens rattles and other items to help protect his home against intruders; see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 17 January 1812, Letter 2018. BACK

[2] Ciudad Rodrigo was recaptured by the allies on 19 January 1812. BACK

[3] Valencia had been captured by the French on 9 January 1812. BACK

[4] Louis Gabriel Suchet, 1st Duc d’Albufera (1770–1826), Marshal of France and key figure in the French campaign in the Iberian peninsula. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013