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

2240. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 7 April 1813 ⁠* 

Keswick. April 7. 1813.

Ecce divitiæ! [1]  – I think Grosvenor I see your astonishment at discovering the contents of the inclosed paper, from so poor a fellow as myself.

It is, as you will guess, the purchase money for Nelson, [2]  & Murray handsomely {enough} promises to double it when he prints a second edition. [3]  You know I am a stock holder to the amount of 100 3 per cents purchased in August last. The broker then employed was Mr. Benjamin Rickards, [4]  38 Cornhill, – I am acquainted with his family, & there may perhaps be some conveniences xx (as touching the receipt of dividends in future) – as well as some propriety in employing him again. Will you therefore, in such manner as may be best, & at such time as may be most to your own convenience, or least to your inconvenience, – transmit consign to him this check, & with it a sum subducted from my next pension [5]  receipts, sufficient to buy in 200. There will be about 15 £ wanting; at th & the half years interest due upon the former sum will be settled at the same time so as to leave a strait forward account in future, – or {it may be} left, as the x whichever is proper, which of course he will know. – But Grosvenor it seems to me that one of the Pithecusans [6]  is a broker, – & if so it may save you some trouble to do the business thro him. In that case be assured that the paramount consideration with me would be to give you as little trouble as possible.

Give me a line per return to say that you have received this.

I believe I shall not be able to leave this p home this spring. In that case my visit must be at the fall, – & peradventure I may travel to London with you on your return from hence.

Remember me xx most kindly to your father & mother. – And to the Mag-Rot: whom I hope to see with you.

God bless you

RS.


Notes

* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer
Endorsement: Apr. 7. 1813
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25
Unpublished. BACK

[1] ‘Behold, riches’. i.e. Southey had enclosed money. BACK

[2] Life of Nelson (1813). BACK

[3] The second edition of the Life appeared in 1814. BACK

[4] Mr Benjamin Rickards (dates unknown). Southey knew a James Rickards, (d. 1812) of Verulam-Buildings, Gray’s Inn, London, probably a relative of the stockbroker. It is possible that both these men were relatives of Robert Rickards (dates unknown), the husband of Rebecca Ann Rickards (1785–1834), younger sister of Southey’s old friend from Bristol, Sam Reid. BACK

[5] Southey had received a government pension of £200 p.a. (£144 after tax) since 1807. BACK

[6] A private joke between Southey and Bedford, used to refer to an unidentified family known to both of them. The Pithecusae were the Ancient Greek inhabitants of Ischia (the word is probably derived from the Greek for monkey). BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013