2316. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [21 October 1813] *
My dear R.
I have looked for you twice without success. My days are indeed numbered in every sense of the word. On Tuesday the 2d. I go with my Uncle & Harry to Woburn,  & return on Thursday. – On that Thursday si placet,  I will come to you, for the few days preceding my departure, which is at present mentally fixed for Tuesday 9th November.
Yesterday, I received official information of my appointment: – & if you go to the next levee, we shall meet in bag & swords! 
God bless you
* Endorsement: RS. – / Augt 1813./ Poeta laureatum
MS: Huntington Library, RS 213. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: dating from content; Southey learned from Croker about his formal appointment as Poet Laureate on 20 October 1813. This letter was written the following day. BACK