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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 1: 1791-1797, Edited By Lynda Pratt

100. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [c. 2 September 1794] ⁠* 

Dear Grosvenor

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  [1]  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.

Adieu.

R Southey.


Notes

* 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

[1] James Beattie (1735–1803; DNB), The Minstrel (1771–1774) and Frank Sayers (1763–1817; DNB), Poems (1792). BACK

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