661. Robert Southey to William Taylor, 26 February 1802 *
My dear friend
Last night John May transmitted to me your letter. as it is now on its way back I infer that an answer from me will reach you one day sooner than it could from him, – & hope delayed I know by experience to be among the damnabilia – the Ahriman-works  of this world. So Harry gets his first passport  – & I wish him well thro the next stages <xxxxxxxx> of Mr Martineau  & the Secretary of State. Moreover the quarterage shall not embarrass him. he shall have another when I receive mine. this is not due till Midsummer – but will perhaps be paid at Ladyday in advance, as heretofore. in either case he not in time for his going. there will be no harm in this – & you hint at the utility of empty pockets in Paris. just at his age I had planned a weeks amusement in France, & actually embarked twice from Rye. the wind prevented my voyage – & this is one of the very <few> circumstances in my life which I remember with regret. 
God bless you.
26 Feby. 1802.
N.B. cigars in the cupboard, whatever I may deserve on this head – exit in fumum  will be the end of it I hope.
* Address: To/ Mr Wm Taylor Junr/ Surry Street/ Norwich./ Single
Stamped: 449 STRAND
Postmark: AFE/ 17/ 1802
MS: Huntington Library, HM 4834. ALS; 2p.
Previously published: J. W. Robberds (ed.), A Memoir of the Life and Writings of the Late William Taylor of Norwich, 2 vols (London, 1843), I, pp. 399-400. BACK