3173. Robert Southey to William Wilberforce, 27 July 1818*
Keswick. 27 July. 1818
My dear Sir
There are many lodging houses in & near this place, some of which in all likelihood will be vacant when you want them, tho at present they are all, or almost all occupied. Of late years it has become a fashion for Cambridge men to come in flocks to this country during the long vacation, to study for their degree, – & the house which would best have accommodated you is filled by a covey of them. But when the time comes we will report what lodgings are then to be had, & perhaps you will drive over & look at them yourself.
The heat of the summer is abated, & we are enjoying sun & shower, with just such a temperature as makes exercise pleasant & allows one to enjoy a little fire at night, – I am as true to the hearth as a cricket or a favourite spaniel, & reckon it a privation when the weather is too hot for enjoying this indulgence.
Believe me my dear Sir
most respectfully & truly yours