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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

1538. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 20 November 1808 ⁠* 

You do not seem yet to have suspected that Kehama [1]  was the Butler. [2]  Bear in mind with you that no lame or inharmonious versification will be suffered to stand when the poem comes to be corrected, & that a great deal of ornament will be woven in. I am getting on in a good vein of story & in good humour with it.


Nov. 20. 1808


* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr./ Exchequer
Endorsement: 20 Novr 1808
MS: Bodleian Library, Eng. Lett. c. 24
Unpublished. BACK

[1] The title character of Southey’s poemThe Curse of Kehama (1810). BACK

[2] A character in the comic and whimsical stories and jests, that Southey and Bedford had composed as schoolboys at Westminster. BACK

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