1638. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 28 May 1809 

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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 3

1638. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 28 May 1809 ⁠* 

My dear Grosvenor

The half-notes are arrived. [1]  – Since last you heard from me I have lost one of my children, – Emma, – just sixteen months old, & as sweet a child as ever eye beheld. – An anomalous disease more resembling cholera morbus than any thing else, carried her off after a very short illness. – It will be long before Edith recovers from the shock.

I am sorry to hear your eyes are ailing, – experience having taught me that of all ailments these are the most depressing –

God bless you


May 28. 1809.


* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer/ Westminster
Endorsement: 28 May 1809
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ MAY 31/ 1809
MS: Bodleian Library, Eng. Lett. c. 24. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] A secure way of sending money in the post was to tear banknotes in half and send the two halves separately. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2013

People mentioned

Southey, Emma (1808–1809) (mentioned 1 time)
Fricker, Edith (1774–1837) (mentioned 1 time)