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

2273. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 27 June 1813 ⁠* 

Sunday June 27. 1813

Dear Grosvenor

The half bills are safe. [1]  – I am just returned from the funeral of my brother in law. –  [2] 

Do not buy the stock [3]  till you see me, lest peradventure I should want the money when the next pension [4]  x replaces what you have now sent.

RS.


Notes

* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer
Endorsement: June 27. 1813
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25
Unpublished. BACK

[1] 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. BACK

[2] George Fricker had died on 24 June 1813; see Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, 28 June 1813, Letter 2274. BACK

[3] Bedford had been commissioned by Southey to buy government stock on his behalf; see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 7 April 1813, Letter 2240. BACK

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

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