2333. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, [c. 18 November 1813] *
My dear Harry
Your xxxxx Beddoes had once a notion that colds were to be cured by exposure to cold.  My case would tend to support his theory. I got into the mail with a plentiful flowing at the nose, & a great disposition to cough. You know the weather was so warm during the day that I did not put on my elastic shirt. It became very severe. My body clothes kept my legs & thighs from suffering much; but in the course of the night I found it necessary to pull off great coat, coat & waistcoat, & slip on this new fashioned under waistcoat, which I accomplished without disturbing the repose or shocking the delicacy of a stupid old woman whom ill fate had xx made the sole companion of my journey. The Laureat dressing in the mail in this situation was even a better scene than his dressing for court, – had there been any one present to have enjoyed it.
In the course of 2 ½ hours I lost all inclination to cough, & xxxxxxxly any xx nearly got rid of my cold, – just enough remaining to remind me that I have had one.
Tomorrow I shall get a little in order, & in xx a day or two will begin a letter of extracts for you, – & look out the miracle of miracles for Gooch.
God bless you
When the Binder brings home the books Murray will pack them for me.
* Address: to/ Dr Southey/ 28. Queen Anne Street/ Cavendish
Postmarks: 2 o’Clock/ 18 NO/ 1813 Nn; [partial] Two Py Post/ Unpaid BGE St
MS: Berg Collection, New York Public Library. ALS; 3p.
Previously published: John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856), II, p. 334 [where it is dated ‘November 1813’]. BACK