Sunday. Sept. 3. 1797.
My dear Grosvenor
It is a huge while since I have written to you. I have been an
immensity of way since — even to the middle of Warwickshire, the quares why
& the propter becauses of which, must be learnt hereafter. the result is
that Charles Lloyd is with us at
Burton. whose poetry if you have not
seen you ought to see, & if you do not like you ought to be — in my
scale of crimes & punishments I have not affixed the quantum due to so
grievous an enormity.
My Mother is here — in a state
of melioration. eke also my brother Tom, who would request to be remembered to you & Miles,  were he
not now perambulating the Isle of Wight with Lloyd.
Wynn says you are to send me my
meat & drink — i-e- Coke upon Lyttleton.  why delay it? for I am in a state of
starvation for Law. by the by if you were to put a copy of Musæus  into the parcel for my
brother, you would give me more pleasure than your book has ever perhaps
produced — for Tom is little used to
marks of attentive kindness. perhaps I have done wrong in saying this — you are
not an easy man to understand, & tho I have the best grammar of you of
anyone living, I sometime think I shall <never> learn all your
Your birth day is coming on. I shall assumes the old Poetical
privilege & give you some good advice in some good blank verse, God
for the lodgings. my
mother will not live with me. she will however so often visit me as to
make a second bedroom necessary wherever we lodge. I should add that I cannot
furnish my own bed room, it were useless to add why — therefore we must be in
furnished lodgings — therefore you see we cannot be with you — which I regret —
& should still more so, if you did not seem already induced by
circumstances to find town lodgings more burthensome than convenient.
As for the Law I will give you my advice fairly in few words —
give it up. you never will make any thing of it. you want resolution, &
you do not want support. a half-hearted man can never succeed in any-thing.
whatever we would do well, we must do with all our hearts & with all our
strength. the study of law you would also find irksome. you would xxx have little time & less inclination,
& no compulsive necessity to make you swallow the dose patiently. give
it up at once. shew Wynn this. I
know he wishes you to persevere — but you may convince him that you have no
God bless you Grosvenor. I expect my large paper copies daily — & shall
ship off a cargo consigned to you.
Remember me to Horace. I will write to him soon — & ought to have done so
Remember me to Carlisle. does
he know that crabs have the power of throwing off their claws when so broken
as to be unmendable?
* Address: G C
Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster/
Postmark: [partial] BSE/ 97
Crown and anchor with 1796 beneath
Endorsement: 3 Septr 1797
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c.
Previously published: Kenneth Curry (ed.), New
Letters of Robert Southey, 2 vols (London and New York, 1965),
I, pp. 142–143. BACK
 A friend of the Bedford family, he lived
at Vanbrugh Fields, Greenwich. His first name is not recorded. BACK
 Edward Coke’s (1552–1643; DNB)
Commentarie upon Littleton (1628) was the first
part of his four part Institutes of the Laws of
England (1628–1644). BACK
 Grosvenor Charles Bedford’s translation of
Musæus (fl. c. early 6th century), The Loves of Hero and
Leander, was published in 1797. BACK