1774. Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, 2 May 1810 *
My dear Danvers
I have been waiting some time to get a ten pound Bank of England Bill, – & this not being the Laking season the article is a scarce one. To day however Janson  has supplied me, & you have here the half inclosed.  Direct to Durham to acknowledge its receipt, – we set out to visit the Doctor on Monday next, & I xx will take the other half with me to be sent from thence as soon as I hear this has reachd you.
The box arrived about a month ago, not safe – I am sorry to say. For want of a cord it had entirely fallen to pieces, – some of the books came xx up loose in the cart, & some I believe have been lost upon the way. Those which have arrived are the Hist. of the Counts of Thoulouse.  Hist. of Charles 6.  – Estes Journey,  – the Joan of Arc book,  – the Prælia Anglorum  – the Enchiridion. 
If any have been lost I am afraid their value can not be recovered from the carrier, because the box was not properly secured, being far too slight to carry any weight, without a cord. The letterings answer so well that xx x xxxx you must not be surprised to receive a second packet of labels for the same purpose.
When you mentiond in a former letter that your spirits were greatly depressed by an expected misfortune which you could not then explain, I was of course anxious to guess what it could be, & soon divined xxx what xxx proved to be the true cause. I was led to this supposition because it evidently did not relate to your own concerns, & as evidently to the worldly concerns of some person with whom you were very intimate. But I was not the less grieved at finding this opinion verified.
You have I hope received my Brazil  – whether it will afford you much amusement or not I am doubtful. King I think will find some things that will interest him in it. I am very very very busy, – finishing off my Register  work before our journey Eastward, besides which I have to compleat & arrange the notes to Kehama,  the poem being almost printed. You will I hope receive it by <in> the course of next month.
God bless you. I shall write from Durham with the remaining half note. Tom goes with us. All well, – but xx cold weather is just come back again after extraordinary heat.
Yrs very truly & affectionately
May 2. 1810
* Address: [in another hand] London May nine <put in North/ ten> 1810/
To/Charles Danvers Esqr/Bristol/ CWWilliams Wynn
Postmark: AMA/ 9/ 1810
Endorsement: 1810/ 2nd May
MS: British Library, Add MS 30928. ALS; 4p.