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417. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [c. 21 June 1799] ⁠* 

My dear Grosvenor

Dr. Beddoes expressly cautions any person from tampering with the fox glove – for it is, as all good medecines must be – very powerful. [1]  you must enquire for tincture of digitalis. the dose is from ten to fifteen drops as the patient can bear without sickness. perhaps Carlisle can procure it for you. but it should not be used without medical advice.

God bless you

I am in more miraculous haste than yourself – & must walk to Bristol with this. I did not get yours till this morning. you shall receive my book – direction as soon as we are settled. I only know festinati [2]  the Lady of rotundity [3]  my book [4]  is printing.

Friday. 21 June 1809 {1799} [5] 


Notes

* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer/ Westminster
Postmarks: [partial] JUN 21 99; TOL B/ JUN 22/ 99
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 23
Unpublished. BACK

[1] For Thomas Beddoes’s advocacy of the use of fox-glove see his Essay on the Causes, Early Signs, and Prevention of Pulmonary Consumption for the Use of Parents and Preceptors (Bristol, 1799), pp. 265–271. BACK

[2] The Latin translates as ‘hurry’. BACK

[3] Bedford had written a ballad about an old woman, ‘The Hag’s Disaster’; see Robert Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 14 October [1799], Letter 446. BACK

[4] A third edition of Southey’s 1797 collection Poems. BACK

[5] 21 June 1809 {1799}: Added in another hand. BACK

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