116. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey [brother], 1 December  *
Draw on my Mother for five guineas but give her as much time after sight as you can.
she wrote sometime back desiring you to draw for three guineas.
it is my opinion that you should immediately get your discharge but my mother thinks otherwise. she is afraid of their high mightinesses in the boarding parlour & hopes you chuses you to remain because they would dislike your removal.
Dinner is ready quite unexpectedly at two o clock.
health & brotherhood
and more after dinner.
but little more for I have little to say
Aunt Maria sends her best wishes & her blessings.
Cousin Margaret sends her loves hoping soon to see you.
I your brother send — this letter.
& more over.
Ca ira. 
Bath. December the 1st.
your birth day.
the two last acts of Robespierre are my writing. 
I send this by the post to advertise you that the books go carriage paid by the next coach.
<your good health & many>
God bless you. 
<returns & happy ones.>
And no more at present
so commending you to God the allmighty father & the cherubims & the seraphims & the thrones dominations virtues & powers & beseeching that the old dragon. — the devouring Lion — the old serpent — the deceiver — the prince of darkness — the lord of the bottomless pit — the devouring Abaddon  — the son of the Morning — old Nick — Davy Jones — Apollyon  — the merciless deceiver — the tempter the Devil — Satan — the fallen angel — the prince of hell — the King of Kings — the author of monarchy who was chained to the bottom of the bottomless pit —
beseeching I say that Beelzebub may have no power over thee thro the grace of everlasting goodness & the communion of saints — & the forgiveness of sins — & the eternal hallelujahs — & the archangels
in true godliness
your affectionate brother
My Mother desires me to tell you that our plan is going on. I think it equally necessary to tell you that I am alive.
fare thee well 
* Address: Thomas Southey./ Aquilon Frigate/ St Helens/ Post
paid./[in another hand] 20 — 8/4 —16d
MS: British Library, Add MS 47890. ALS; 4p.
Previously published: Kenneth Curry (ed.), New Letters of Robert Southey, 2 vols (London and New York, 1965), I, pp. 88–89. BACK
 The Fall of Robespierre. An Historic Drama (1794) had originated as a collaboration, with Southey, Lovell and Coleridge each writing one act. Lovell’s act was quickly dropped and replaced by a new one written by Southey. BACK