1238. Robert Southey to Neville White, 24 November 1806 *
Keswick, Nov. 24. 1806.
I have this day received the box, with your excellent brother’s papers; and am, as you may well suppose, astonished at such proofs of universal industry. I will, as soon as possible, examine them, and then write to you upon the subject.  For the profile I am truly obliged to you, and have placed it over my study chimney-piece. It is now my turn to reflect, with some pride, on the justice which I did to your brother’s talents in his lifetime; that little act of justice, if it deserves to be so called, could not have afforded more gratification to him then, than it now does to me, – but that feeling is accompanied with deep regret.
Believe me, Sir,
Yours very truly,
* MS: MS untraced; text is taken from John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the
Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856)
Previously published: John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856), I, p. 398. BACK