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

2629. Robert Southey to [Mary Matilda Betham], 2 July 1815 ⁠* 

I remember that I did not say half as much about your poem [1]  as I ought to have said, – but this shall be made amends for in proper place, for I like it so much, that it will give me very sincere pleasure to say what how good it is in a manner that may be serviceable.

I do not remember whether I urged you to visit us this year, & therefore I write now, – a joint impulse of Ediths & myself. Come, & the sooner the better. Your poem need not prevent you. Proofs travel by post & know their way to this house. – It may be some inducement to know that Sir G Beaumont will be lodging in Keswick.

Now write & say you are coming –

Love from all – & so God bless you.

Yrs very sincerely

Robert Southey.

Keswick. 2 July 1815.


Notes

* MS: Beinecke Library, Osborn MSS File ‘S’, Folder 14104
Previously published: E. Betham, A House of Letters (Norwich, 1905), p. 157. BACK

[1] The Lay of Marie (1816); a fictionalised tale of the medieval poet Marie de France (fl 12th century), whose own poems were included, at Southey’s suggestion, in the appendices. BACK

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