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?  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  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 &
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.
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!
Tuesday 29. Sept. 1801.
At Llangedwin. one of the loveliest places in the world –
but damnably out of the way of the mail coach.
* Address: [in another hand] Chester
September twenty nine/ 1801/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer/ London/ CW Williams
Postmark: CHESTER/ 29 SEP 1801
R.S. 29. Septr 1801
Library, Eng. Lett. c. 23
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
 The Latin
translates as ‘No wonder’. BACK
Abbot, Lord Colchester (1757-1829; DNB),
Chief Secretary for Ireland 1801-1802, The Speaker,