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

2234. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 20 March 1813 ⁠* 

March 20. 1813. Keswick

My dear Grosvenor

Thank you for the half note & for your stewardship – I wish it were a more profitable one.

I have a favour to ask you – It is, which you will think at first rather an odd one. It is, that if you have no urgent reason to the contrary, – you would order your wine in future of Stert & May [1]  – No 2, New Burlington Street, – & say that I recommended you there: John May a very old friend of mine to whom I am under great obligations, has just entered into this concern (– an old & well known one) – & has asked me to promote his interest. You will be sure of good wine, – & however trifling your consumption may be, – in going there for it you will gratify me more than I can express. – This application I shall make to all those with whom I am upon any terms of intimacy, – except perhaps one; who that is you will easily guess.

RS.


Notes

* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25
Unpublished. BACK

[1] The Stert and May families had been prominent members of the British Factory, Lisbon and were connected by marriage. John May entered the established Stert wine business in 1812 in an attempt to recoup recent financial losses. BACK

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