1227. Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, 14 October 1806 *
My Dear Danvers
You will be glad to hear that Edith is safe in bed, & also that she has a boy this time, a stout fellow with as loud a voice as he is entitled to on his fathers side. We shall call him Herbert. Yesterday a little after six in the morning he arrived, making good speed, as is the family custom.
Tom & the Doctor have been very cordially received – & their Uncle has very xxx handsomely xxx when Tom was going shopping furnished him with forty pounds. This is well; – but I think Tom will wish he had not taken your advice & posted them in such haste. If he has to wait some time for a new appointment Taunton is a dull place, & he already complains of finding it so. A few days on the way to Plymouth, or on a few weeks leave of absence from thence would have been enough.
He tells me that Edward is turned strolling player. Years & years ago I said it was what he would come to – tho lately indeed I had no such hope of him. It is the last thing he could do after having so irretrievably disgraced himself, & the act of changing his name indicates more decency than I thought he possessed.
Ediths love –
God bless you
Tuesday Oct 14. 1806.
* Address: To/ Charles Danvers Esqr/ Bristol./
Endorsements: [illegible list of names on address sheet]
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ OCT 17/ 1806
MS: British Library, Add MS 47890. ALS; 3p.