2302. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, 16 September 1813 *
Streatham. Thursday. Sept. 16. 1813.
My dear Tom
I found your letter here yesterday, too late to answer it. And I cannot answer it in the proper manner till I can get a stamp from town. I will then send you a draft on Ballantyne. As things stand there is no doubt in my mind, but that it will be duly paid. You had better however get Mr Castle  to negociate it, & let the money remain till you know that it is safe. There will be little inconvenience in this as I shall draw at three days sight.
You will readily imagine that I am far too much employd to have leisure for writing. I am to be the Laureate, – it being understood that I write no odes.  The salary is insignificant, but becomes of importance because I shall appropriate the whole to a life insurance, & it [will] cover an insurance of £2500 or 3000£, so the title, if it be of no use to me, will be of value to my family.
Love to Sarah
God bless you
* Address: Capt. Southey R.N./ Helens/ Auckland
MS: MS untraced; text is taken from C. G. Martin, ‘Robert Southey: Two Unpublished Letters’, Notes and Queries, 14 (1967)
Previously published: C. G. Martin, ‘Robert Southey: Two Unpublished Letters’, Notes and Queries, 14 (1967), 295. BACK