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827. Robert Southey to John May, [24 August 1803] ⁠* 

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.

RS.


Wednesday.

Notes

* Watermark: J LLOYD/ 1800
Endorsement: No. 83. 1803/ Robert Southey/ no place 24th Aug./ recd. 26th do/ ansd
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Don. c. 79
Unpublished.
Dating note: Dated from internal evidence; one of a series of letters written by Southey on Wednesday 24 August 1803. BACK

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