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 Well,  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.