306. Robert Southey to Grosvenor
Charles Bedford, [either c.
11 April or c. 11 May 1798]
My dear Grosvenor
I wrote to you some time ago desiring you to
buy some parsnips  for a friend here; now my dear Sir Dilatory
Dawdle, we should wait with considerable patience if the
spring would wait too – but the Spring will not wait; –
& so I am daily asked for the parsnips. I pray you send
You are a very good for nothing fellow
Grosvenor Bedford – or you would have said something in
reply to when I wrote to
tell you to come here. however God bless you & mend
So no more at present
from yrs as in duty bound
Oh – a man  whom I never saw or heard of
has just written to ask me to write him a sonnet upon –
What? for a ducat. so guess & then turn over.
A Manks Herring
The herrings caught in Port Iron, Isle of Man being
richer in quality than the English ones.
I have a great to frank up his letter to Wynn
* Address: To/ G C Bedford
Esqr / Exchequer /
Postmark: [partial] 11/
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c.
Dating note: This letter was
written some time after Southey’s letter to Bedford of
30 March 1798 (Letter 300), asking him to procure some
sugar parsnips. BACK
 Southey had asked him to procure some sugar parsnips.
The friend was probably Mrs Jardine,
the widow of David Jardine (1766–1797), Minister of the
Trim Street Unitarian Chapel, Bath; see Robert Southey
to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 30 March 1798, Letter