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.  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  the Lady of rotundity  my book  is printing.
Friday. 21 June 1809 <1799> 
 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