7. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [before 23 April 1792] *
You may easily conceive with what reluctance I am obliged to withdraw from the Flagellants. it is like parting with a limb. I can resist or even despise reproach or persecution — intreaties I cannot. I have suffered much since I saw you — a very little more will overset the balance of reason — drop the Flagellant I must! yet I will do this with you. I will continue to write more papers & publish a volume compleat with you under another title — you know I mentioned this volume formerly — this will do & whatever odium at present attends us will be abated.
if this next paper be mine it must be cancelld — I know not what to do — the prospect before me is horrible & if I look for shelter it only appears in the ———
I am again going to Theobalds but to feel myself a burden to my friends I can hardly bear — you have offered me an asylum at Brixton & I shall be very glad to remain there a few days. yet I do not despair. I must drop the F. but I will still write with you in the manner I have proposed —
* Address: G C Bedford Esqr/ Brixton Causeway/ Surry
Watermark: [Partial] Crown with G R beneath
Endorsement: Recd. Apl. 23d. 1792
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22. ALS; 2p.
Previously published: Kenneth Curry (ed.), New Letters of Robert Southey (1965), I, pp. 5–6 [where it is dated 22 April 1792]. BACK