711. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, 1 September 1802
I was on the brink of writing to enquire what
in Gods name was become of you – when your letter came –
& since that to scold you for not writing sooner – &
now to tell you that yesterday evening my daughter Margaret
Edith made her appearance.
Edith is as
well as possible, the child a fine animal, fat – rather less
ugly than is usual – & with all good animal propensities
to feeding & sleeping.
There is an omission in the Book of
Genesis,  child bearing
is mentioned as the womans curse. the mans was forgotten –
it is to be in the house at the time –
God bless you. can you in conscience grumble
to day at my brevity?
Sept. 1. 1801.
I have not got Carlisles
prescription. it was Terra Japonica  – steel &
myrrh. – but if you want tonics the Red Sulphat of Iron
is the best – the which if you cannot get I will procure
& send you as you shall direct.
* MS: MS
untraced; text is taken from Robert Galloway Kirkpatrick
Jnr, ‘The Letters of Robert Southey to Mary Barker From
1800 to 1826’ (unpublished PhD, Harvard, 1967), p.
Dating note: Misdated 1801 by
Southey; content indicates this letter is from
 A plant extract in
common use as an astringent. BACK