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

2221. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 13 February 1813 ⁠* 

My dear Harry

I send you these few lines to say that the 7th & 8th books of Roderick [1]  are on their way to you. Lord Sunderlin being very solicitous to carry something to London for me, I invented this commission to accommodate him, & he said he would leave it himself with at in your hands: – now if he should make his appearance with it it may be well th you should know that this good natured old man, whom the first influenza will carry off, is an Irishman, & t elder brother to Malone the Shakespeare-commentator, whose death last year seems to have been a mortal grief to the family. [2]  Lady S. who goes with him, must in her day have been a sweet woman. – We see a good deal of them.

Bedford will probably have given you the antecedent books before these arrive.

RS.

Feby. 13. 1813.


Notes

* Address: Dr Southey/ 28. Queen Anne Street. West./ London.
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 16 FE 16/ 1813
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Don. d. 3
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Roderick, the Last of the Goths (1814). BACK

[2] The Shakespearean scholar Edmond Malone (1741–1812; DNB). Sunderlin was acting as executor of his brother’s estate. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013