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

13. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [c. 11 June 1792] ⁠* 

Dear Bedford

God willing I sleep in town on Tuesday night next. Wednesday if agreable I will spend with you the last day for some months. the offer you made me at our last meeting I will be happy to accept & shall be obliged to you for the loan of one guinea for travelling home. you will think me mad when I tell you I mean to walk to Bath. Thursday morning I intend to ride to Salt Hill (xx 20 miles from town) because the road is flat ugly & near London thence equipped in my oldest cloaths to sally on with a great stick in search of adventures & eat at the country alehouses so that I may see a country life & manners in its grossest view — do not object to the scheme when I am tired upon the way I will sit down & write an ode — you may expect to see me to breakfast on Wednesday next

yours sincerely

R Southey.


Notes

* Address: G C Bedford Esqr/ Old Palace Yard/ Westminster
Stamped: RYE
Postmark: AJU/ 11/ 92
Watermark: Crown and anchor with G R beneath
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22
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