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

2661. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 20 October 1815 ⁠* 

Brussels. 20 Oct. 1815

My dear G.

Per varios casus, [1]  – here we are again, – after having been delayed six days at Aix le Chapelle by Shedaws illness, – for she was very seriously ill, & you may imagine our situation. – This cost me some money, & I have not been sparing in the purchase of books. I have seen much, heard a great deal, fallen into good company, & spent my time on the whole most advantageously.

Tomorrow I go again to Waterloo, for the purpose of getting drawings of Hugoument, which I shall probably have engraved with my poem. [2]  Monda Sunday we start for Antwerp, & rejoin our party on Monday night at Ghent, thence to make the rest of our way for Calais. Let me find 20 £ at the Dover post office, & tell the Docstor that in all probability I shall be with him in ten days from this time. But I will write to him from Dover. – Herries’s letter followed me to Spa. I am now desperately sleepy, – but must steal an hour from sleep to carry on my Journal – a work for which it is very difficult to find time. You will be surprized to see what a length it extends –  [3] 

God bless you my dear G

RS


Notes

* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer/ Westminster
Stamped: P 94 P/ BRUXELLES
Postmark: [partial] FOREIGN/ 18
Endorsement: Brussels 20. Octor. 1815
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25
Unpublished. BACK

[1] ‘For various reasons’. BACK

[2] Edward Nash illustrated the Poet’s Pilgrimage to Waterloo (1816). His ‘Entrance to Hougoumont’ is between pp. 58–9 and ‘Interior View of the Ruins of Hougoumont’ between pp. 70–1. BACK

[3] Published in 1902 as Journal of A Tour in the Netherlands in the Autumn of 1815. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013