262. Robert Southey to Joseph Cottle, [c. 16 October 1797] *
My dear friend
Be good enough to get me poor Mary Wollstonecrafts Book upon Norway & Sweden.  I want it for the lines to your brother which I am about to begin this morning. it will give me Scandinavian scenery — & an opportunity to speak of her as well as of her book. 
I think of walking over some day next week & returning the same evening. in this case Lloyd will accompany me. remember me to your sisters. I shall be in Bristol by their breakfast hour, & with their leave will make it mine.
God bless you.
yrs R Southey.
the first six books are ready for Biggs. I have written about 1000 lines in different parts of the poem.
* Address: To/ Mr Cottle/ High Street/ Bristol
Endorsements: R. Southey/ 1797; (99)
MS: Berg Collection, New York Public Library. ALS; 1p.
Dating note: The letter is dated from internal evidence. Southey was writing his poem ‘To A. S. Cottle’ by 16 October 1797. BACK