685. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 28 June [1802] 

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685. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 28 June [1802] ⁠* 

Dear Grosvenor

Yours is a good natured letter. & I would repent if I could – but my time is not come yet – I have no grace for repentance – tho God knows calls enough – for the postman brings me nothing but reproaches for silence & if I answered them as duly as they arrive nothing else should I be able to do. Look at my list of employments – Madoc in correction. [1]  Kehama writing. [2]  a History of Portugal & all its appurtenancies – about six volumes in quarto. [3]  & moreover a job in hand for the booksellers at which I work two hours daily. [4]  is it enough – & do you not ex imo corde [5]  – excuse a fellow for not scrawling over letter paper, who with all this on his hands has a natural inclination for yawning – sleeping in an easy chair – & talking over a bottle of wine? I could employ all the eyes heads & hands of a Hindoo God.

Yet I have thought of writing & talked of it. did you never want to disembogue in a cold day when it was uncomfortabell to go into the garden & sit in the cold? a homely illustration – but it will do – & it is taken from nature. but I meant & resolved to write because I had something to tell you – I have reason to expect an increase of family this autumn next [6] xxx & having said that I need not say any thing of the whole train of thought & feelings that it occasions. Take this then for a letter – & two good reasons for its brevity – I am going first to put it in the Post Office – & then to call on your friends at Clifton [7]  – whom I could not get at yesterday on account of the weather.

God bless you – & more next time

yrs truly

R Southey.


Monday. 28 June.

Kingsdown. Bristol


Notes

* Address: To/ Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer/ Westminster/ Single
Stamped: 122/ BRISTOL
Postmark: [partial] 2/ 180
Endorsement: 28 June 1802
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 23
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Southey had completed a version of Madoc in 1797-1799 and was revising it for publication. It did not appear until 1805. BACK

[2] The Curse of Kehama was published in 1810. Southey had begun drafting Book 2 on 4 June 1802. BACK

[3] Southey never finished his ‘History of Portugal’. BACK

[4] Southey’s four-volume translation of Amadis of Gaul (1803). BACK

[5] The Latin translates as ‘from the depths of the heart’. BACK

[6] Margaret Edith Southey was born on 31 August 1802. BACK

[7] Unidentified. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2011