108. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [before 15 October 1794] *
Friar Bacons brazen head had more brains than all the Doctors at present in Oxford. what have you to do with Friar Bacons brazen head  say you? simply this — it would answer all questions — even so tho by no art magic may you learn all you can wish of me by the mouth of Robert Lovell.
my mind is full of Futurity — & lovely is the prospect. I am now like a traveller crossing precipices to get home. but my foot shall not slip.
two sheets more & then you have our volume.
Write to me. since the 11th I have not heard of you. I shall expect you to write very long letters when ocean rolls between us. you know not what I feel at having fixd my resolution — I am exalted in my own eyes — I am of consequence to others — Life is desireable to me.
God bless you Grosvenor — be as happy as me — I wish I could say with me. you have parents, or you would join us I know — our system is so just & yet so lovely!
visit us at least in Pantisocrateia at some future day. tis but 6 weeks voyage & you may steal half a year for travel — & where else could you travel more agreably — or where could you see a society more worthy consideration?
fare thee well.
respectfully remember me to your friends. to Duppa if you see him my civic remembrances. ask him if he saw a Sonnet to the Nettle  in the Mor. Chronicle of Wednesday or Thursday last: it is a delicate morceau of sedition — & inserted without my knowledge (I believe by Coleridge).
do send the Minstrel & Sayers.
will you favor me with your Witch of Endor.
* Address: G C Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster
Watermark: G R in a circle
Endorsement: Recd. Oct. 15 1794/ by Lovell
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22
Previously published: Charles Cuthbert Southey (ed.), Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey, 6 vols (London, 1849–1850), I, p. 226 [in part, where it is misdated 19 October 1794]. BACK
 According to legend, the philosopher Roger Bacon (c. 1214–1292?; DNB) created a talking brazen head which could answer any question. Southey later incorporated this information into Thalaba the Destroyer (1801), Book 10, lines 281–284n. BACK