2098. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, 20 May 1812 *
Keswick. May 20. 1812.
Mr. Lister’s  letter has just reached me. Nothing but your incessant care could have delayed this event so long, — Daily & hourly as it was to be looked for. Under such circumstances when the evil arrives, the first thought of consolation is that it is over. 
Write as soon as you are able, & come here as soon as you can possible quit the scene.
* Address: To/ Miss Barker/ Penkridge/
Postmark: KESWICK/ 298
MS: MS untraced; text is taken from Robert Galloway Kirkpatrick, ‘The Letters of Robert Southey to Mary Barker From 1800 to 1826’ (unpublished PhD, Harvard, 1967), p. 399