2121. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 8 [July] 1812

2121. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 8 [July] 1812 ⁠* 

Keswick. June 8. 1812.

My dear Grosvenor

If I am not too late in the request I wish you would pay away my coming pension [1]  with the addition of a few pounds to the amount in all £39–12 to Mr Morgan, th with whom Coleridge lives, – in payment for certain necessary articles of house-keeping which till now I have b never been able to acquire, & which I have lately procured thro him, viz – 24 table spoons, 12 tea spoons & two butter ladles. His father in law is a working silversmith, [2]  & I have saved some 20 per cent by getting them thro this channel.

I cannot go to town till November, & have not the conscience to ask you to delay your coming so as to suit my movements, – much as I should rejoice in your company on the road. My time is fixed because in that month we expect there will be a new moon to make his appearance in the family, <whether> Lunus or Luna remains to be seen. [3] 

Coleridge will stay in London till he feels ashamed of seeing persons who know how long he has remained in the indulgence of idleness & vile habits, – the one motive which occasions all his changes of habitation. You are perfectly right in chusing to travel alone.

I walk off on Monday next – my cold is still villainously bad but I hope I shall drop it upon Crossfell which we shall cross on Tuesday, & go down Tees dale.




* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 24. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: dated by Southey as ‘8 June’, but content suggests this is a mistake for 8 July. BACK

[1] The state pension that Southey had received since 1807. BACK

[2] The London-based silversmith Moses Brent (d. 1817). BACK

[3] Edith Southey was pregnant. Isabel Southey was born 2 November 1812. BACK

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