712. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, 1 September 1802 *
I write you my first letter of annunciation. Yesterday evening you had a niece born. she will be christened Margaret Edith – I cannot spare either of the names. Edith is as well as possible – the child fat & quiet – properly disposed to eating & feeding & sleeping.
And now the way is clear before me & I can calculate upon my movements. Cumberland will be my best home. you do not seem quite to understand the cause why I & Mr Corry have seperated. my situation was only necess necessary during war – & the peace happily broke out just after I had accepted it.  he wished to keep me as tutor to his son  – that situation office was one which I did not think it would be either proper or prudent to accept. because I have the hope of getting a situation in some embassy one of these days – & withal that employment would rather have retarded than forwarded – & because I know my time & my powers ought to be more honourably deployed.
I am now ready to accompany you into Wales. – If it be agreable to my Uncle I should wish to pay my respects to him before my departure from this part of England. tell him so – & then – if he pleases I will join you at Taunton – & we may cross from Minehead or Watchett –
God bless you –
yr affectionate brother
Sept 1. 1802.
Joe  is not troublesome. he has received a great accession of names lately – I have found out that he is worth six & thirty shillings.
* Address: To/ Thomas Southey Esqr/ with John Southey Esqr/ The Cottage/ near/ Taunton./ Single
Postmark: [partial] BRISTOL/ AUG [illegible]0 [illegible]802
MS: British Library, Add MS 30927. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: Incorrectly postmarked ‘AUG’, the letter has the authorial dating of 1 September 1802. BACK