Sunday June 27. 1813
The half bills are safe.  – I am just returned from the funeral of
my brother in law. – 
Do not buy the stock  till you see me, lest peradventure
I should want the money when the next pension 
x replaces what you have now sent.
* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25. ALS; 2p.
 i.e. a half-banknote – a secure way of sending money
in the post, by tearing banknotes in half and sending the two halves separately. BACK
 George Fricker
had died on 24 June 1813; see Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, 28 June 1813, Letter 2274. BACK
 Bedford had been commissioned by Southey to buy government
stock on his behalf; see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 7 April 1813, Letter 2240. BACK
 Southey had received a government pension of £200
p.a. (£144 after tax) since 1807. BACK