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722. Robert Southey to Joseph Cottle [fragment], [c. 30] September 1802 ⁠* 

Bristol, Sept. 1802.

Dear Cottle,

I was from home, looking out for a habitation in Wales, when your letter arrived. My journey was so far successful, that I am in treaty for a house, [1]  eight miles from Neath, in the mountains, a lovely spot, exactly such as will suit my wishes. * * *


Notes

* MS: MS untraced; text is taken from Joseph Cottle, Reminiscences of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey (London, 1847)
Previously published: Joseph Cottle, Reminiscences of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey (London, 1847), pp. 227-228.
Dating note: written very shortly after Southey’s return from South Wales on c. 28 September 1802; the first surviving letters on his return home date from 30 September, and this letter was written around this time. BACK

[1] Maes Gwyn, near Neath; see Southey to Edith Southey [21]-23 September 1802, Letter 720. BACK

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