826. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, [24 August 1803] *
Thank you.  We design to start Friday or Saturday. having Mrs Lovell with us we travel in chaises, our way therefore will be to make for Penkridge & drive to Congreve, where we hope to arrive about the middle of the Second day, which I hope will be Saturday. It will shake poor Edith anew when she sees you, but the sooner such shocks are over the better.
God bless you.
* Address: To/ Miss Barker/ Congreve/ near Penkridge/ Staffordshire.
Postmark: [partial] BRISTOL AUG 4 03
MS: MS untraced; text is taken from Robert Galloway Kirkpatrick Jnr, ‘The Letters of Robert Southey to Mary Barker From 1800 to 1826’ (unpublished PhD, Harvard, 1967), p. 61
Dating note: Dated from internal evidence, one of a series of letters written by Southey on Wednesday 24 August 1803. BACK