2317. Robert Southey to [Joanna Baillie], [23 October 1813]*
28. Queen Ann Street. Cavendish Square.
My dear Madam
I am very sorry that it is not in my power to dine with you on Monday, – on Wednesday evening however I hope I may have the pleasure of meeting you at Miss Montgomery’s.  Should I be disappointed in this, you will perhaps allow me to walk over & breakfast with you, on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday next, – whichever (weather permitting) may best suit your convenience.
yours with sincere respect
 Mary Millicent Montgomery (1787–1868), a friend and correspondent of Baillie’s. She was also the closest friend of Anne Isabella Milbanke (the future Lady Byron) (1792–1860; DNB), whom she had known since childhood. Montgomery was a semi-invalid and her friends were constantly concerned about her health, even predicting her imminent demise. They were wrong. BACK