My dear friend
Since the receipt of your last letter I have looked daily with much anxiety for farther tidings of Mrs May.  that you have not told me she is better gives me, I confess, considerable apprehensions. pray give me a line. I have much to say in reply to your last – but this is not a time to write upon indifferent subjects.
God bless you & yours is the earnest wish of
your affectionate friend
Feby. 23. 1803.
* Endorsement: No. 74 1803/ Robert Southey/ No place 23d Feb/ recd. 24th do/ ansd. 25th do
MS: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
Previously published: Charles Ramos, The Letters of Robert Southey to John May: 1797–1838 (Austin, Texas, 1976), p. 73. BACK