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

5. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [c. 16 April 1792] ⁠* 

My resolution is fixed & perhaps before this Vincent has the letter to announce my departure. I will never submit. I am not conscious of having acted wrong — my future welfare may or may not be affected by malicious envy but the firm assurance of rectitude cannot — your last waked me from a pleasant dream & I believe all my pleasant {dreams} are doomd to be disturbd — should I be rejected at Oxford the grave is always open — there at least I shall not be molested.

were we some time again to publish the Flagellant compleat in one volume it would be more likely to answer — publish it by subscription & when 250 sets are subscribd for print that number. I dine in town tomorrow. perhaps I may see you about two if I cannot at that hour will drink tea with you.

I never will return to school. on no account let Egertons lawyer plead. Mr. R  [1]  is your friend.

RS.

Sunday. Theobalds.


Notes

* Address: G C Bedford Esqr/ Old Palace Yard/ Westminster
Postmark: [partial] OA/ 16/ 92
Watermark: Crown and anchor
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Isaac Reed (1742–1807; DNB), literary scholar and editor of Shakespeare, tried — and failed — to prevent Egerton, the printer of The Flagellant, from revealing Southey’s name to the Westminster School authorities. BACK

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