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

117. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [3 December 1794] ⁠* 

Bedford — I have been chewing the cud of reflection — my last perhaps was more harshly expressed that it ought or than I intended. forgive me. my disposition is susceptible & I am prone to warmth when the character of a friend is misunderstood. excuse my failings.

Bedford — it is possible — it is probable that we may settle in Wales. [1]  my feelings strongly plead for it.

short as this letter is — it will please you. my dear fellow I know my last hurt you. indeed it grieves me. God bless you. & if you are harrassed by doubts settle you in the certainty of right. indeed the firm conviction I feel is an impenetrable armour against misery.

to your friends remember me gratefully. & tell them I feel happy in the hope of sometimes seeing them. but — I shall be the leader of a sect — which you will esteem fanatical & seditious. well well. you will pity & love me — & I must pity & love you.

Robert Southey.

Wednesday Bath


Notes

* Address: G C Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster
Stamped: BATH
Postmark: DDE/ 4/ 94
Endorsement: Recd. Decr. 4th. 1794
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22
Unpublished. BACK

[1] A reference to the idea that the Pantisocrats would settle in Wales rather than America. BACK

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