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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

1231. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 2 November 1806 ⁠* 

My dear Grosvenor

I have yet to send you Merry [1]  & Churchey. [2]  the first you shall receive with the Preface in two days. I will write again about Churchey – & at the same time enquire the date of poor Amos’s birth. [3] 

Have you a specimen of Headley? [4]  Horace might ask Beloe [5]  (who spoke to me about him) the place & date of his birth, – & pray remember that it be said of him that he had a feeling of the real merits of our early poets.

Your relapses Grosvenor give me great concern. Is your liver affected? If it be I wish I could persuade of what I myself certainly believe – that no man living is so successful in cases of the liver as Beddoes.

All well here.

God bless you

RS.

Sunday Nov. 2. 1806.


Notes

* Address: To/ G. C. Bedf [MS torn]/ E[MS torn]/ Single
Postmark: E/ NOV 5/ 1806
MS: Bodleian Library, Eng. Lett. c. 24
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Robert Merry (1755–1798), a poet who moved to Florence and published collections of poems entitled Arno (1784) and Florence Miscellany (1785). Selections of his poems are included in Specimens of the Later English Poets, 3 vols (London, 1807), III, pp. 446–454. BACK

[2] Walter Churchey (1747–1805; DNB), a Welsh poet who published Poems and Imitations of the British Poets in 1789. He is not included in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807). BACK

[3] Southey had written to Joseph Cottle requesting an account of Churchey’s life and some information about his brother Amos Cottle, for inclusion in the Specimens of the Later English Poets; see Southey to Joseph Cottle, 11 August 1806, Letter 1210. Amos Cottle is not included in the Specimens. For Southey’s follow up, see Southey to Joseph Cottle, 2 November 1806, Letter 1232. BACK

[4] Henry Headley (1765–1788), poet and writer on literature, whose best-known work was Select Beauties of English Poetry, with Remarks (1787). Selections of his poems are included in Specimens of the Later English Poets, 3 vols (London, 1807), III, pp. 303–305. BACK

[5] Reverend William Beloe (1756–1817), author of Anecdotes of Literature and Scarce Books (1807). From 1803–1806, Beloe was Keeper of Printed Books at the British Museum. BACK

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August 2013