2104. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 29 May 1812 *
May 29. 1812.
My dear G.
You know Dutens is dead  – in a most ill-timed hour. I have written to Lord Lonsdale, & you have here a letter, which I wish you to take to Gifford, & xx ask him whether it should be sent, or thrown into the fire: For I am perfectly well aware that C. has something else to think of at this time. – The letter itself is as short as possible. Two minutes will suffice to read it, & an application for the office would not cost many more; if he think his application can <would> be effectual.
I have written also to Sir G. Beaumont, & here my stock of interest is exhausted.
God bless you
Yrs in haste