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

120. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey [brother], 5 January 1795 ⁠* 

Dear Tom.

If we go into Wales it will be exactly upon the same plan as to America. — that of establishing among ourselves the generalization of property & the equalization of labour. my Mother will be with us when this house is disposed of.

you will do as you think best about quitting [MS torn] it may be better to remain till we are finally fixed if your [MS torn] are not very bad.

Coleridge is expected Wednesday. it is probable [MS torn]turn to Cambridge with him till his work is publishd.

[MS torn]dependant” — is it dependance to work equally with [MS torn]s & share equally the profits? on the contrary such a mode of living is the only real independance.

my Mother hopes when you have your pay you will send J Mansfield [1]  the money for your cloathes.

I see very little of him.

farewell.

affectionately yrs

R Southey.

Monday. Jany 5. 1795.


Notes

* Address: Thomas Southey/ Aquilon Frigate/ Spithead
Stamped: BATH
MS: British Library, Add MS 47890
Previously published: Kenneth Curry (ed.), New Letters of Robert Southey, 2 vols (London and New York, 1965), I, p. 90.
Dating note: Curry dates this letter 3 January 1795, but 5 January 1795 was a Monday, as stated in Southey’s letter. BACK

[1] Unidentified. BACK

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March 2009