My dear Grosvenor. If I were not very well acquainted with your disposition I
should apprehend by your long silence that you were offended with me. in one
letter I spoke perhaps too warmly but you know my affections are warm — I was
sorry at having so done & wrote to say so. the jolting of a rough cart
over rugged roads is very apt to excite tumults in the intestinal canal — even
so are the rubs of Fortune prone to create the gizzard-grumblings of temper.
Now if you are not angry with me (& on my soul I believe
you & anger to be perfectly heterogeneous) you will write to me very
shortly. if you are — why you must remain so for a fortnight — then it is
probable I shall pass two days in London on my way to Cambridge — & as
one of them will be purely to be with you if I do not remove all cause of
complaint you have against Robert Southey — you shall punish him with your
too I hear nothing. were I on the Allegany mountains or buried in the wilds of
Caernarvonshire I could not have less intercourse with you. perhaps you are
weaning me like a child!
& now Bedford I shall very shortly see George Strachey. if he be in
London or at Trinity. two days in London. one with you, when I shall call on
him. the other with some friends of Coleridge  &
correspondents of mine — admirable poets & pantisocrats.
how will Strachey
receive me? is he alterd? will he be reservd & remember only our
difference? or is there still the same goodness of heart in him as when we first
met? I feel some little agitation at the thought. Strachey was the first person I
ever met with who at all assimilated with my disposition. I was a physiognomist
without knowing it — he was my Substance
 — I loved him as a brother once. — perhaps he is infected
with politesse — is polite to all & affectionate to none.
Coleridge is a man who has
every thing of Bunbury but
his vices. he is what Bunbury
would have been had he given up that time to study which he consumed you know
how lamentably. I will give you a little piece which I wrote & he
corrected. twas occasioned by the funeral of a pauper without one person
What? & not one to heave the pious sigh? Not one whose
sorrow-swoln & aching eye 
For social scenes for Lifes endearments fled Shall drop a tear
& dwell upon the dead?
Poor wretched Outcast! I will sigh for thee And sorrow for
Yes I will sigh! but not that thou art come To the stern
Sabbath of the silent Tomb.
For squalid Want & the black scorpion Care
(Heart-withering Fiends!) shall never
I sorrow for the ills thy Life has known, As thro the Worlds
long pilgrimage alone
Haunted by Poverty & woe begone, Unloved unfriended
thou didst journey on.
Thy Youth in Ignorance & Labor past And thy Old Age
all Barrenness & Blast!
Hard was thy Fate, which while it doomd to Woe Denied thee
Wisdom to support
And robbd of all its energy thy Mind Ere yet it cast thee on
thy fellow kind,
Abject of thought, the victim of Distress, To wander in the
Worlds wide wilderness!
Poor Outcast! sleep in peace. the Winter storm Blows bleak no
more on thy
Thy woes are past — thou restest in the Tomb! I pause
& ponder on the Days to come.
I like this little poem, & there are few <of> mine of which
I can say that.
Bedford I can sing eight
songs. 1. the antique & exhilirating Bacchanalian Back & Sides
go bare. 2. the Tragedy of the Minced Pye or the cruel Master Cook. 3. the
comical jest of the 1/4 rushlight. 4. the bloody Gardiners Cruelty.  5 — the godly hymn of the
seven good joys of the Virgin Mary being a Xmas carol. 6 — the Tragedy of the
Beaver Hat — or as newly amended the Brunswic bonnet, containing three apt
morals. 7. the quaint jest of the three crows. 8 the life & death of
Johnny Bulan. 
now I shall outdo Horace! to him to your father
& Mother & Harry remember me particularly. likewise to Mr Deacon.
farewell & believe always
your sincere & affectionate
Monday. Jany. 5th. 1795.
Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/
Postmark: BJA/ 7/
Endorsements: Recd. Jany. 7
1795.; Ansd. Jan 8. 1795.; R.S./ 1795; 5 Jany 1795
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c.
Previously published: Charles Cuthbert Southey (ed.), Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey, 6 vols
(London, 1849–1850), I, pp. 228–230 [in part]. BACK
 At Westminster School, the name given to an
older boy assigned to induct a new pupil into school rules and
revised version, entitled ‘The Pauper’s Funeral’, appeared in Southey’s
Poems (1797). BACK
 Stephen Gardiner (c. 1495/8–1555; DNB), theologian, administrator and Bishop of
Winchester, was a leading proponent of the restoration of Catholicism — and
persecution of Protestants — during the reign of Mary I (1516–1558; reigned
1553–1558; DNB). BACK
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