832. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey,
29 August 
If my last could have left any suspense upon
your mind as to the event, I would sooner have written to
tell you that all is over & poor
Margaret in heaven. Edith has had an
attack of fever since. she is barely enough recovered to
travel & wet set off
today. I have forced myself to great & unremitting
exertions but the blow has gone to my very heart, & made
me often think those the happiest who have none but
themselves to care for.
Joe  is left with Biss.  the home of his own chusing. he is
however reclaimable whenever you wish to have him, & you
know he is a favourite there & will be well used. John Morgan
& his wife
have been uncommonly kind in their attention to us. they
have got a home for the cat. Hort 
houses my lumber at the Red Lodge whither he is removed. it
is a dreary packing up. the worst I ever had yet.
We rest a day half way with Miss Barker. You
shall hear from me on my arrival. direct Keswick. Cumberland.
Would that the journey were over – would that the winter
were over. I was never so overset before – never saw so
little hope before me. yet Tom I am like the Boiling
which however agitated at
bottom the surface is calm.
If you could get for me a set of the Irish
edition of Henrys History of England  I should be glad.
it is in six octavo volumes, & the English in 12 – so
that you save almost half. You might keep it till we come
near enough to have it sent to me.
My next shall be in better spirit, this place
& every thing about it is haunted. I cannot escape the
recollection & the very image of her.
God bless you –
Monday Aug. 29.
* Address: To/
Lieutenant Southey/ H. M. S. Galatea/ Cork/
Postmark: [partial] BRISTOL/ AUG 9 03
British Library, Add MS
 Possibly John Biss (d.
1807), a Bristol Baptist, or a member of his
 William Jillard Hort (1764-1849),
Unitarian Minister and writer. The Red Lodge is a
16th-century building in Park Row, Bristol. BACK
 A tourist
site in Bristol: the well was kept bubbling by gases
from below. BACK
 Robert Henry (1718-1790;
DNB), The History of Great
Britain (1789), no. 1316 in the sale
catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK