2634. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 9 July 1815 *
9 July 1815. Keswick
My dear G
I would rather have ascribed your illness to a bilious affection, produced by the unusual heat of the weather, than to any other cause. Rickman has been very ill in this way – & the wife of our Vicar here was carried off in three days by cholera morbus.  Send me a bulletin of your health.
I beseech you now that the xxxxx xxxx lose no time in consulting Hyde  concerning my complexion, – for my back standeth in need of adornment from his hand.
My Courier has failed to day most provokingly, – so that <what> your letter contains is all the news I have. You make me very much afraid that we have been playing the fool at Paris as we did at Cintra.  Wars of this character ought to be carried on in the spirit of vengeance – & if Louis  does not hang all the Marshals who forsook him & banish every General & Colonel, he ought to be hanged himself. 
Supposing all to be quiet on the continent, will you take a run with me there in October?
As for Whitbread  I just wish him ill enough to hope that some body may collect his speeches The Readers cannot fail to compare the events with the predictions, – & may thereby discover of what stuff an opposition statesman is made. – I have been a little out myself about this war, – I thought if it were properly begun it would be ended in about six weeks, – & it seems that was three too much.
God bless you
Quomodo valet Belisarius, X alias
Narses, alias Hodge, alias the Aldercat? 
 Southey had asked Bedford to order him a new coat from his London tailor, Hyde (first name unknown; d. 1820). Southey’s preference was for drab, but Edith Southey had forbidden this; see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 24 June 1815, Letter 2621. BACK
 The new French government pursued a cautious attitude towards Napoleon’s followers in the army: only Generals Michel Ney (1769–1815) and Charles de la Bedoyere (1786–1815) were executed, though a number of key figures were exiled (most temporarily). BACK