831. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, [28 August 1803] *
If possible we start tomorrow noon. you will see us Tuesday night – or Wednesday morning. Edith is better in health – but as her health mends her Spirits get worse. I know not when they will recover. Would we were at Keswick! would the winter were over! – however there are the books & the Lakes & the mountains to comfort me.
God bless you.
* Address: To/ Miss Barker/ Congreve/ near Penkridge/ Staffordshire.
Postmark: [partial] BRISTOL AUG 8 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text is taken from Robert Galloway Kirkpatrick Jnr, ‘The Letters of Robert Southey to Mary Barker From 1800 to 1826’ (unpublished PhD, Harvard, 1967), p. 65
Dating note: Dated from internal evidence. BACK