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608. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 29 September 1801 ⁠* 

Dear Grosvenor

The inclosed will show you that I have not disregarded your criticisms, unhappily the unfinished letter got wet thro, still more unluckily I was wet thro also. quid mirum? [1]  the day was as if the deluge were recommencing – as if the firmament had a diabetes – & neither my coat waistcoat or pantaloons were of Indian rubber.

But to be very serious, I found on my reaching Llangedwin on Saturday evening, a letter from Rickman, who is with Abbot [2]  in Dublin as his private Secretary. it contained a letter from Corry offering me the same situation with for one year – with a salary of 200£ Irish, & 200 more for travelling expences. there was no room for choice – & in all human probability my next will announce my departure for the dear Land of Pistols & Potatoes!

So my Welsh tour is spoilt after however a six days journey thro the very marrow of Snowdon.

Grosvenor I am not out of spirits, & yet I am disturbed. you know I have no ambition, the paths of privacy are the paths of pleasantness. – however to look at the white side – my winter must be spent in London, & near you for I must lodge near Great George Street.

I have written to avoid an immediate voyage, wishing rather to enter upon my scribeship in London. this is hardly probable. tomorrow therefore I move for Keswick.

Wynn has seriously advised me to bog with the bog house door open in Ireland, that being always the Paddies pistol mark at the Inns & Lodging houses! Zounds – were it not for John Rickman a post at Botany Bay were better.

God bless you Grosvenor Bedford – my old schoolfellow, my old friend!

Robert Southey.


Monday Tuesday 29. Sept. 1801.

At Llangedwin. one of the loveliest places in the world – but damnably out of the way of the mail coach.


Notes

* Address: [in another hand] Chester September twenty nine/ 1801/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer/ London/ CW Williams Wynn
Postmark: CHESTER/ 29 SEP 1801
Endorsement: R.S. 29. Septr 1801
MS: Bodleian Library, Eng. Lett. c. 23
Unpublished.
Note on MS: the enclosure contained in this was another letter, defending Thalaba the Destroyer; see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [29 September 1801], Letter 609. BACK

[1] The Latin translates as ‘No wonder’. BACK

[2] Charles Abbot, Lord Colchester (1757-1829; DNB), Chief Secretary for Ireland 1801-1802, The Speaker, 1802-1817. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2011