1231. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 2 November 1806 *
My dear Grosvenor
I have yet to send you Merry  & Churchey.  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. 
Have you a specimen of Headley?  Horace might ask Beloe  (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
Sunday Nov. 2. 1806.
 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
 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
 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