511. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [13 April 1800] *
Sunday night – Oh how the wind howls!
I will write from Falmouth if I have time. would we were arrived. Lisbon will revive many pleasurable feelings – but the gulph between! – if one did not live in an island now –
The Rev. Herbert Hill
Chaplain to the British forces
To the care of Capt . Yescombe.  Falmouth.
in that case the carriage to Falmouth, &, in civility, a letter of advice written – which also is prudent – as the Capt will look after the things –
Edith is miserably unwell & overcome by the prospect of leaving her sisters. for me – homo sum  – & homo is used in the masculine gender, & the masculine is more worthy than the feminine. but I am somewhat more serious than usual. I am going for health – & would not willingly be laid to rest under the cypress & Judah Trees.  I have insured my baggage, in case of capture. & then you know if I am drowned it is the Underwriters business.
God bless you Grosvenor – God bless you.
Robert Southey –
* Address: To G. C. Bedford Esqr / Exchequer/Westminster
Postmarks: [partial] R/18; 4/1800
Endorsement: 14. April 1800
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 23. ALS; 2p.
Previously published: Adolfo Cabral (ed.), Robert Southey: Journals of a Residence in Portugal 1800-1801 and a Visit to France 1838 (Oxford, 1960), pp. 73–74. BACK