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

2379. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 18 February 1814 ⁠* 

My dear Grosvenor

You have here two books of Roderick, [1]  – let the Docstor have them as soon as you can. – And when you have cast your eye over the Ode [2]  (if you have not seen it before) put a cover upon it, & dispatch it by the three-penny post to Streatham, – to my Uncle for whom I have thus transcribed it.

I x am looking every day for Rosenhagens frank [3]  with the former books, – pray send them with as little delay as can be made to suit your convenience, – for the printer is close upon them, & they will require a few days of reconsideration here.

The 14th book [4]  is finished but not transcribed

RS.

Feby. 18. 1814.


Notes

* Endorsement: R.S. 18. Feby. 1814
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25
Unpublished. BACK

[1] MSS drafts of Roderick, the Last of the Goths (1814). BACK

[2] Probably ‘Ode Written During the Negotiations with Bonaparte’, published in the Courier, 3 February 1814. BACK

[3] A frank used to send MSS books of Roderick; it came courtesy of Anthony Rosenhagen (1778–1854), financial expert and friend of Landor. He started life as a junior civil servant, but rose swiftly to be private secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer 1811–1815. BACK

[4] Of Roderick, the Last of the Goths. BACK

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