2770. Robert Southey to Humphrey Senhouse, 25 April 1816*
Keswick. 25 April. 1816
My dear Senhouse
I thank you truly for your letter, & your friendly invitation. If in the course of the summer I can prevail upon Mrs Southey to leave home, I shall gladly accept of it: – at present home is the best place both for her & for me. My loss  is heavier than any person can imagine who is not acquainted with my habits of life, & the disposition & talents of the child whom I had associated with me in my studies & relaxations, making him at once playmate, pupil, fellow-student & companion. There is but one source of consolation under such affections, & of that source I have drank largely. My wife has borne up under the whole trial with exemplary fortitude, – the head & flower of our happiness & of our hopes is gone, – but we have many blessings left, – abundant blessings, – for these we are thankful; but the greatest blessing is the assured hope faith that such separations as this are only for a time.
Our best remembrances to Miss Wood 
Believe me my dear Senhouse
very sincerely yours
* Address: To/ Humphrey Senhouse
Esqre/ Netherhall/ Maryport
Seal: black wax, design illegible
MS: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, Robert Southey Papers A.S727. ALS; 2p.