646. Robert Southey to Charles
Danvers, 6 January
January 6. 1802.
My dear Danvers –
You will not be surprized to hear that my Mother is
at last gone. she died yesterday afternoon – for twelve
hours she had breathed very difficultly – but her last
minutes were easy – .
I shall write to announce this to Miss Tyler. it
is very likely the letter may remain some days at the Post
Office. should you see Edward
therefore let him know what has happened.
The funeral will be on Friday. I am more
pained than I expected – or ought – to be – that she cannot
be laid in the grave of the family. 
has destroyed her. of that I feel certain – & the blow
will go to her heart. it is heavy enough to me – but she has
lost her only friend.
God bless you Danvers.
It is so very long since you have written that I am
uneasy respecting you – forget not our loves to Mrs Danvers
* Address: To/ Mr
Danvers/ Kingsdown/ Bristol./ Single
MS: British Library, Add MS
 Margaret Southey died in London, far away
from her family’s ancestral burial place at Ashton,
Somerset (now a suburb of Bristol). Ashton was also
where Southey’s father, two brothers and three sisters
(who had all died in childhood), and cousin, Margaret
Hill, were interred. BACK