648. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, [8 January 1802] *
You will not wonder to hear that my Mother is departed. she died on Tuesday − the funeral will be this afternoon.
I shall in all likelyhood see you tomorrow. Edith is very unwell.  I am better without − than within. the hateful business with Undertakers &c. has perpetually disturbed me when I have been employing myself.
These evils are like the cutting off ones limb. the first emotion is joy for a release from acute suffering − then comes the pain of the wound & the Sense of the loss −
God bless you
* Address: To/ Miss Barker/ 9 Buckingham Street/ Strand
Postmark: [partial] Two-Penny Post Bxxxxx St Wxxx 2xxx Ja 1802xxx
MS: MS untraced; text is taken from Robert Galloway Kirkpatrick, ‘The Letters of Robert Southey to Mary Barker From 1800 to 1826’ (unpublished PhD, Harvard, 1967), p. 23 [where it is misdated 9 January 1802]