2082. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 24 April 1812

2082. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 24 April 1812 ⁠* 

My dear Grosvenor

One of the inclosed letters will give you Coleridges direction, [1]  – he is in a more accessible position than his late one at Hammersmith. The other conveys certain questions to Blanco concerning events at Seville & Cadiz, upon which I want information which he can give me.

I live in hope of seeing you & the Master of the Rolls also this summer. If you travel leisurely & wish to see all the sights on they way, be sure to make Ludlow in your course, – one of the prettiest places in England, – the Castle is the finest ruin of its kind in the island.

You will soon have another book of Pelayo. [2]  I am disposed to give more time to it, from a suspicion that it might go on better if it went on faster.


This envelope has laid open <about> an hour since the above was written, waiting for Mrs C. epistle. And during that hour the I have had glorious dreams of Pelayo – which will speedily take a substantial form. I was just come to an important part of the road, where all was dark before me, – & now the light shines. Huzza! there is a pleasure in these things above that of getting a good prize in the lottery, – & it is well that I think so. So Good night Grosvenor, for by the Lord I will am in the humour of writing some verses before supper, & will not baulk for the best per sheet-age that ever tempted poor poet to devote himself to prose.


Friday. April 24. 1812.


* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer./ [in another hand] JC Herries
Endorsement: 24 April 1812
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 24. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Coleridge was staying with John James Morgan at 71 Berners Street, London. BACK

[2] Book 5 of what became Roderick, the Last of the Goths (1814). BACK