The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 1: 1791-1797, Edited By Lynda Pratt

122. Robert Southey to [members of the Fricker family; possibly Sarah or Edith Fricker] [fragment], [c. January 1795?] ⁠* 

[MS missing] But you cannot you will not think so despicably of us. the very resolution you have formed shows that the doubts with which you torment yourselves, are not believed by yourselves. I never saw so much strength of genius & goodness of heart united in any one being as in Coleridge; [remainder of MS missing]


* MS: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
Dating note: This is a conjectural dating. It is possible (though not certain) that Southey sent this as part of a letter of reassurance to the Fricker sisters as he left Bath for London on 10 January 1795. His mission was to search for Coleridge, who had failed to arrive in Bristol as promised. BACK

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