Coleridge brings this. as a man of the first genius & abilities, & as my friend you will welcome him. from Coleridge you will learn all my future plans, & fixt resolution to quit England in March next.
is your birth day on the eleventh?
pray send me the Minstrel & Sayers
directly. I want them very much. direct the parcel to No 8 Westgate Buildings — Bath.
remembrances to all friends. this is a short scrawl. but my heart is heavy at parting with one whom I so much esteem, & with whom my future destiny is so intimately connected.
* Address: Grosvenor C Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster
Watermark: Figure of Britannia
Endorsement: Recd. by Coleridge Sepr. 5th/ 1794 & ansd with the Lre th/ dated Recd. Augt. 25./ on the 7th Sepr. 1794
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22
Previously published: Kenneth Curry (ed.), New Letters of Robert Southey, 2 vols (London and New York, 1965), I, p. 74 (where it is dated [4 September 1794]).
Dating note: Dating is taken from Southey’s letter to Horace Walpole Bedford, 22 August–3 September 1794 (see Letter 99), which refers to Coleridge leaving Southey on 2 September 1794. BACK
 James Beattie (1735–1803; DNB), The Minstrel (1771–1774) and Frank Sayers (1763–1817; DNB), Poems (1792). BACK