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822. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 19 August 1803 ⁠* 

Grosvenor my poor child is dying – I hope in God she will be dead before you receive this. water on the brain. It came on me like a thunderstroke.

My next will be from Keswick whither we shall fly as soon as possible. Edith is almost heart broken. I am struggling with my own heart – God only knows with what an effort. I shall soon be tranquil & contented – but what a happiness I lost & what hopes are all blasted!


Friday 19 Aug. 1803.

Tell Duppa this. I should else have written to him.


* Address: G C Bedford Esqr/ 28 Gerrard Street/ Soho/ London
Stamped: BRISTOL
Postmark: B/ AUG 20/ 1803
Endorsement: 19 August 1803/ Death of 1st Daughter
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 23
Unpublished. BACK

Published @ RC

August 2011