731. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [c. 2 November 1802] *
Your first emendation stands  – albeit I do hanker to kick the word “note” out of doors because it is a musical word – ergo a damned word – a fiddlers word – curse the fellow – I will lay my life the word must be of the neuter gender – or even epicœne – but the objection to the incipient Rose – is a final objection, & theres an end of it.
Concerning polygamy give me credit till we meet & I show you my written chapter upon the system of Mohammed.  that is a system utterly subversive of individual happiness & general prosperity.
For the opening – I had thought about the commutation act myself. – & you have given me the detail – read therefore accord to the Bedford Edition.
My stop is thus – Myriads of torches fling
Their flaring radiance on the gloom,
Blotting the stars from heaven; –
You may chuse between – rise upward – & ascending – but the image is wanting – at least, to my eye it is a tremendous picture – a sort of hell fire light – a yellow blaze below – & above smoke & blackness.
for chāuntiňg tȟy sōng ǒf prāise – chuse you which be the most falling to your ear – ănd chāunt tȟe sōng ǒf prāise – to me the first has a more jelly-bag sort of a sound.
Multitude I prefer to train – because it is a bigger word. your association with upright – will be nobody elses association – I pray you let Arvalan sit still. your after annotation I will think about
Bright & bridal I likes.
For in that mighty multitude
Was none who loves the dead. – my stupid printer made the error, & the stupid reader did not discover it.
The voice of the coming storm – is perhaps not loud enough. – reserved for the opinion of the Twelve Judges. 
Come on – is not bald Sir – & if it be bald Sir tho you put a wig upon the it – it will still be bald at bottom below it. mark you Sir – what does a big word with a little meaning look like? – Why like me in a Dutchmans breeches.
A noun substantive can stand by itself – the Devil must be in it then if two substantives cannot stand together – arm in arm Grosvenor –
Kehama lights the pile – probatum est. 
The xxxxx remarks which I have not noticed – conclude I do not like – & as they are not a matter of mere liking – the voice potential may as well be subintellects. But you will perceive the use of your remarks by the alterations they have made – so go on.
The more dramatic – the more lyric narrative poetry is, the better. this is a main article of my poetical creed. But Grosvenor I have acquired a relish for the research – & the reasoning, & the authoritative tone of history  that threatens to blast many a laurel bud. nor do I merely like it – I look to my history as a sheet anchor of profit, – as a security of a fair support for age or sickness & a something to remain behind me, more substantial than fame. Look now at the allotment of my time – till twelve my time labour is sold to this Amadis  (N.B. this is a secret –) I must take exercise – I must eat – I have acquaintance – alas from 9 – to – 12 – make 5 hours out of the 15 of my waking day – & eating walking & visiting incroach sorely greatly upon the rest. Kehama will fare the better for you. I shall write sometimes for the sake of the sooner filling a sheet. – Sometimes I stop for pure vexation that there exist in England sources of information which are yet beyond my reach – the views of Hodges  – & Daniel  – & the Costume prints  would be actual food for my brain – the very chyle & blood of my xxx imagination would be digested from them. there are botanical works for my foregrounds – & these books I know not where to see – tho they ought to be always at my elbow –
Dear Grosvenor so much was written immediately on receiving yours – the rest of the first book is also in great forwardness for you – but for many days my eyes have suffered such ‘dim suffusion’  that I am enjoined vigorous absence from book pen ink & paper – & to increase the comfort of this blind-beetle state one side of my face is swolen to the size of a salmon jowl – & I cannot leave the house – So God bless you
Can you not come on the other half way to No 12 St James’s Place Kingsdown? –