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829. Robert Southey to William Taylor, 24 August [1803] ⁠* 

My dear friend

This will arrive in time to change the direction of the next Iris. [1]  we hope to leave Bristol on Friday morning for Keswick. my poor child was buried yesterday, & we are quitting a place where every thing reminds us of the loss. poor Edith is almost heartbroken. the disease with was hydrocephalos with teething – I have gone thro more suffering than I ever before experienced – for I was fond of her even to foolishness – direct to me with Coleridge, Greeta Hall, Keswick.

I have heard nothing of Harry for many months. I expected he would have acknowledged the receipt of Amadis. [2]  tell him Edward is gone to sea.

God bless you.

R Southey.


Wednesday Aug. 24.

Notes

* Address: To/ Mr Wm Taylor Junr/ Surrey Street/ Norwich
Postmarks: BRISTOL/ AUG 24 1803; B/ AUG 25/ 1803
Watermark: J LLOYD & CO
MS: Berg Collection, New York Public Library
Previously published: J. W. Robberds (ed.), A Memoir of the Life and Writings of the Late William Taylor of Norwich, 2 vols (London, 1843), I, pp. 468-469 [in part]. BACK

[1] The Norwich newspaper that Taylor was editing. BACK

[2] Southey’s translation of Amadis of Gaul (1803). BACK

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