2150. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 26 September 1812 *
Keswick. Sept 26. 1812.
My dear Harry
I direct to you at random, & write in haste, – in order that you may write to my Aunt Mary (Bishops Hull, Taunton) & tell her where she may find you. She is going to London, to inspect Mr T. Southeys will, suspecting roguery, – roguery sans doubt there has been, but I fear none of that kind which draws on a condemned hole, bread & water, psalm-singing, a halter & a night cap among its consequences. However there seems some chance of wresting something from Oliver,  as according to her account the Estate is given him for the purpose of paying the remainder of T.S’s bankrupt debts,  – & it there is a question whether this does not legally leave the remainder to the Heir at Law. – It will be a great satisfaction to my Aunt to find you in town, & you will go with her to Doctor Commons,  – where it is proper she should have some man to xxx accompany her. I have desired her to go to Sharon Turner for advice, being very apprehensive that his advice will be necessary to keep her from being engaged in expensive proceedings, – to which any rascally Lawyer might easily persuade her, in her present state of mind.
You disappointed me sadly. – Millman expressed a wish that you had arrived to see his father  – the Kings Physician, – as one who could & would gladly be useful to you.
God bless you
Yrs in haste
 Sir Francis Milman, 1st Baronet (1746–1821; DNB), physician-in-ordinary to the King since 1806. Milman had three sons: William George Milman (1781–1857); Lieutenant-General Francis Miles Milman (1783–1856); and the poet, historian and Dean of St Paul’s, Henry Hart Milman (1791–1868; DNB). Southey’s is probably referring to William George Milman, who spent about a year in Keswick at this time. BACK