1196. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 27 June  *
I heard that Mrs R. was ill  – but not in a way to alarm me from Bedford – Since your note – indeed last evening came a letter from him in which he does not mention her. As ill news never fails to find it’s way, I conclude that this silence augurs well – but will pray you to tell me so yourself.
A certain Uncle of mine is just dead who if he had died intestate must have left large estates to me. Not dying intestate he has left every thing away. Good part goes to another Uncle, who is unmarried, & with whom I am on promising terms, – but his life is a better one than mine.
God bless you –
Saturday 27 June.