Friday July 19. 1804
My dear friend
Only this evening have I received an answer from Dr Thomas tho I wrote immediately on my return home. his letter gives no satisfactory answer to any one question – except that he has spoken with the lawyer Mr Evans  whom I recommended, & advises that there may be no delay in entrusting him with the affairs – advice which I have urged to my Uncle, & shall enforce by this next packet.
I have at last got an appointment for Edward, by means of Mr Dickinson.  he is to go on board the Salvador del Mundo,  & then Admiral Colpoys  will find him a ship for the western station. the S. del Mundo is at Plymouth.
My brother Harry has been with us about three weeks, & all that I have seen or observed is much in his favour. – I wish xx my account of the rest of our household were as favourable, but little Edith has alarmed us since last night by a very violent & unaccountable affection in one of her eyes – & we perhaps are more easily alarmed than we ought. the child has grown well, tho perpetually tormented with wind, particularly in the night, so as to distress us greatly, & make us sometimes apprehensive of convulsions. Still she has continued to thrive – & has taken more hold of my heart than is quite consistent with that prudent philosophy which ought ever to be ready for the worst. I am some thing the worse for broken rest, & still more for fretting & fevering apprehensions, which tho they do not prevent my usual employments, harrass me in every interval of occupation.
You have the Guerras de Granada  in Percy Street. have the goodness to send it to David Dundas Esqr Richmond  – for Miss Seton. Perhaps you may know her as Mrs Burn  gave her letters to Lisbon. she was our fellow traveller to Batalha Coimbre & Thomar, & is one of the women in the world whom I value most. 
Remember me to Mrs May – your little boy is not old enough for a message – but I remember him. When I am in better mood – or more in the sunshine of circumstances I will write more fully & chearfully. but why are <you> so long silent!
God bless you my dear friend!
The fourth proof of Madoc arrived this evening. 
* Address: To/ John May Esqre/
Endorsement: No. 99. 1804/ Robert Southey/ no place 19th July/ recd. 23d do/ ansd. 25th do
MS: Beinecke Library, Osborn MSS File ‘S’, Folder 14139. ALS; 2p.
 John Colpoys (c. 1742–1821; DNB), British naval officer who achieved notoriety during the mutiny at Spithead in 1797. He was promoted to full Admiral in 1801 and appointed as Commander-in-Chief at Plymouth in 1803. In 1804 he gave up his command to take a seat in the Admiralty. BACK