2667. Robert Southey to Mary Matilda Betham, 7 November 1815 *
15, Queen Ann St, Cavendish Square,
7 November 1815
I meant fully to have written when we were here on our way to Flanders but was literally unable from the incessant hurry & bustle of business & society in which I was involved. You know what this is, & will therefore excuse an apparent but unavoidable neglect. We are once more in town & now I trust we shall meet. Write to me & speak to me at all times with entire confidence. my advice may be worth nothing, but upon my discretion & the sincere good will with which I shall listen & reply you may rely in full assurance. I hate & distrust professions & therefore never make them, but if you have not found out that I am glad to see you & to hear from you & that I take a proper interest in what concerns you, you must then know less of me & of human character than I give you credit for having.
I have neither Russian nor Cape interest – but may perhaps make some in the latter quarter when you tell me how it is to be solicited. 
God bless you.