My dear Grosvenor
Tom & I
expect to be in town together to breakfast on Tuesday
morning, at the Saracens head, Friday Street, Cheapside 
Side. I will call at the
Exchequer  as near one as I can.
before that time we shall have made our arrangements. Tom expects to
stay in London but a few days. if Burnett will
walk with me I shall eat my dinners  & walk off.
arrives in town from Yarmouth at the same time with us. if he will not
ramble & you have a bed at Brixton I will buy a
Dutch Grammar & study Jacob Cats.  with my present
feelings – it is almost ten o clock & I am tired hand
& foot with walking & reviewing – I should look on
with more satisfaction to reading & translating Dutch
poetry than to wandering over the mountain sublimity of
Switzerland. I want books & quietness – the less fatigue
the better, & the less mental emotion. agitation is
I shall bring Madoc with me. 12 books are
written out of 15. 
should I be your guest at Brixton it will be the second epic poem that I
shall finish there.  I wish to read it to you, if you
can bear the almost improvisatore tone of one to whose
manner of reading you are not accustomed.
Tom is recovered.
I am not – & this is my ill time. however I begin to
sleep well without opiates, & hope to be soon as drowsy
ever as ever at the hour
I want to be introduced to Pye – & for
the same reason fancy he would like to be introduced to me,
that we <may> talk about Alfred.  never did I go to London with
the prospect of seeing so many friends – yet never did I
leave home with more reluctance. exertion, fatigue,
alteration are hateful to me. my sensations are such that
like certain politicians I think all changes must be needs
for the worse.
Now I have no wish for the fortnights
vacancy but your library every morning & you every
evening. tomorrow I shall think again
of my knapsack & a ramble.
yrs – huzza! as sleepily as ever
Saturday night. 27 Apr.
* Address: To/ Grosvenor Charles Bedford
Esqr/ Exchequer/ London/
Postmarks: [partial] BR/ AP; B/AP/ 29/
Endorsement: 27 April. 1799
Library, MS Eng. Lett. c.
 Southey was still – nominally – studying
law. He needed to dine at Gray’s Inn in order to fulfil
the terms of his legal studies. BACK
 The Dutch statesman and
poet, Jacob Cats (1577–1660). BACK
 Southey completed a fifteen-book version of
Madoc in 1797-1799; the poem was
heavily revised before its publication in 1805. BACK
 The first was Joan of Arc, the original
draft of which was completed at the Bedfords’ home in
Brixton in 1793. BACK
 The Poet Laureate Henry
James Pye (1745–1813; DNB), whose
Alfred, An Epic Poem in Six Books was
published in 1801. BACK