827. Robert Southey to John May, [24 August
My dear friend
I thank you for your affectionate letter. all
is over & my poor
child is in her grave. Edith is in a
deplorable state of slow silent lasting melancholy. it is
the character of her feelings to be all more chronic than
acute. time & Gods mercy will heal her – but it is a
heart breaking blow. & I think I shall never again dare
to love earthly object so dearly.
We hope to remove on Friday. I am bearing up
well & have compelled myself to my customary employments
with unusual exertion. some little time hence its effects
will break out in the shape of disease, & I expect with
certainty the renewal of old nervous seizures. but I am on
my guard. You shall hear on my arrival.
God bless you.