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

2291. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 21 August 1813 ⁠* 

Saturday Aug 21. 1813.

My dear Grosvenor

I have taken my place for Thursday next, the coach to Penrith serving on Wednesdays. There is still a lump on my eyelid, but I trust it will disperse by that time, & as I am looked for somewhat anxiously at Streatham, I must not delay longer.

Should I find my way farther than Hydes [1]  on this day week I shall beat up your Exchequer quarters, but this is somewhat doubtful, – sans doubt I shall be tired, & peradventure the weather may be wet.

I have great hopes of Dr Daniel Dove, & think it will tempt you to interpose certain parts chapters of the Butler. [2]  It is to be The Book xxxxxxx more emphatically than that pretty collection of evidence about the Princess. [3] 

RS.


Notes

* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer/ Westminster/ Augt 21. 1813
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 24 AU 24/ 1813
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Hyde (first name unknown; d. 1820) was Southey’s London tailor. BACK

[2] Dr Daniel Dove of Doncaster was the hero of Southey’s The Doctor (1834–1847). ‘The Butler’ was a comical epic hero invented by Southey and Bedford. BACK

[3] Presumably, The Genuine Book, An Inquiry, or Delicate Investigation into the Conduct of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales (1813). BACK

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