2372. Robert Southey to Richard Sharp, 28 January 1814 *
Keswick, Jany 28th. 1814.
My dear Sir
This morning I received your letter enclosing a ten pound bill, which Mrs. S. will duly employ in making glad the hearts of the poor. Your friend Mrs. Wood  will be of her privy council upon this occasion.
We have suffered less than you in the South. Our snows have not been deep, a south thaw of four & twenty hours without either sun or rain have nearly sufficed to make them disappear.
So Ferdinand is at liberty!  During the whole war in the peninsula I had a clear opinion concerning the issue which has been amply justified. I am now entirely unable to imagine what course events will take there. Thus far I had the light of history and knowledge to guide me, but all now must be mere conjecture. Mrs. S. and her sisters  begged to be remembered.
Believe me my dear Sir
Yours with sincere regard,
* MS: Bristol Reference Library
Note: identification of addressee from content; see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 25 February 1813, Letter 2382, which notes that Sharp has sent Southey £10 for the relief of the poor in Keswick. BACK
 Ferdinand VII (1784–1833; King of Spain 1808, 1813–1833). He had been a captive in France since 1808, but in the Treaty of Valencay, signed on 11 December 1813, France agreed to return him to Spain. However, he was not actually released until 24 March 1814. BACK