685. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 28 June  *
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.  Kehama writing.  a History of Portugal & all its appurtenancies – about six volumes in quarto.  & moreover a job in hand for the booksellers at which I work two hours daily.  is it enough – & do you not ex imo corde  – 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  – 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  – whom I could not get at yesterday on account of the weather.
God bless you – & more next time
Monday. 28 June.
* Address: To/ Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer/
Stamped: 122/ BRISTOL
Postmark: [partial] 2/ 180
Endorsement: 28 June 1802
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 23. ALS; 3p.