2260. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 21 May 1813 *
The half bills  are arrived & I acknowledge them in haste. Mr Knox  is certainly rather cool in his request. He wrote me a second letter, which as it rather x entitled him to classed among the fi rather gave me a liking towards him – for
I have been uncivil in not replying to it, – really for want of time, – for the letter which I began has been weeks unfinished. You will really get me out of a scrape (that is you will relieve me from a sense of incivility) – by lending him the MS  – only desiring him not to let them <it> go out of his hands, & to return it at his earliest convenience –
It is possible enough that you may see me in about four weeks. Some circumstances have occurred which are likely to draw me to town. – I want change of air also. Last Monday I had just such a stomach seizure at dinner as that in January,  – but without any sympathy in the head. But I think in both cases the cause was the same – In the first I had for the first time in my life swallowd a mouthful of celery, – & in the last just after my after my mutton, eaten a raddish radish per se. I thought it necessary however to play Pomp upon the occasion, & shall enact the same part again to night. Torpid bowels, & an exceeding feebleness of pulse are what I have to remedy. You will wonder that a man with such a tortoises pulse should have such squirrel like spirits.
God bless you
May 21. 1813.
 i.e. a half-banknote – a secure way of sending money in the post, by tearing banknotes in half and sending the two halves separately. Southey had requested the cash in May; see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 16 May 1813, Letter 2257. BACK
 John William Knox (1784–1862), an usher at Westminster School 1806–1821, clergyman and Latin scholar. For his previous correspondence with Southey; see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 10 February 1813, Letter 2219. BACK