794. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 9 June 1803 *
So Mr Grosvenor Charles Bedford – there are to be Cabinets  among my friends – & I am not to be of the Cabinet Council! – And there are to be Authors among my friends – & I am not to have a presentation copy! & there are to be secrets & slights, & neglects, & incivilities & I am not to be affronted. Mr Grosvenor Charles Bedford. – Mr Grosvenor Charles Bedford but I will be affronted in the first place. Zounds! And I will have a presentation copy Mr Grosvenor Charles Bedford, or else – you Mr Upholsterer <or Joiner,> or Cabinet-Maker – or else – or else  –
Are not you now a pretty fellow – a formosus homo  – a καλος άυήρ  – & aye & a gallows άυήρ  to serve me such a trick? but give me leave to tell you Mr Bedford that the secrets of Cabinets are not so inscrutable as you Cabinet Ministers may suppose. The secrets of Mr Addingtons  Cabinet get abroad, & the proceedings of Mr Bonapartes  Cabinet get into the newspapers & there are ways & means whereby the secrets of Mr Bedfords Cabinet reach the ears of Mr Bedfords friends.
My address is No 12. St Jamess Place. Kingsdown. Bristol. & the Bristol Coaches all call at the White Horse Cellar. Piccadilly, & will safely convey the numbers of the Cabinet to
yr very humble Servant
June 9th. 1803.
* Address: Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ 28 Gerrard Street./
Soho/ London./ Single
Postmarks: BRISTOL/ JUN 9 1803; B/ JUN 10/ 1803
Endorsement: 9 June 1803
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 23. ALS; 3p.
Previously published: John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856), I, p. 218. BACK