2322. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [2 November 1813]
2322. Robert Southey to John Rickman, [2 November 1813] *Tuesday morning. 8 o clock
My dear Rickman
I found your note last night, – having failed to find you in the morning. On Thursday at 3 o clock I am to be sworn in at the Chamberlains Office,  & will find my way to you in bread & cheese time, at night. For I have to hunt out a person  at Chelsea, & is upon some enquiries concerning an unlucky brother, whom there seems some hope of redeeming. He has turned up once more, Wynn having recognised him among a company of strollers in Wales, by his likeness to me: To his other imprudencies he has added that of marrying, the most venial however of all, & that which offers the only chance of steadying him. My business at Chelsea is to make out the history & character of his wife, – a necessary measure before I can determine in what manner to attempt to serve them. Bedfords abode stands conveniently for me to dine at after this quest.
If the levee fall on Saturday I shall endeavour to start from town on Wednesday. Monday in that case I must go to Streatham, & Tuesday will remain with you. Coleridge I think will probably be <still> in Bristol, where he now is. I have neither seen Lamb yet not George I. & this would lie upon my conscience if I could have helped it – therefore I had rather see them on Tuesday than any other persons.
My Uncle takes me to Woburn  this morning, where I go to please him, & to take the Doctor in our train. I return in time for the oaths on Thursday.
Remember me to Mrs Rickman & your sister. 
God bless you
* Endorsement: RS./ Aug 1813
MS: Huntington Library, RS 212. ALS; 4p.
Dating note: Dating from content; Southey went to the Lord Chamberlain’s office on 4 November 1813. BACK
 Southey was being sworn in as Poet Laureate and had to therefore go to the office of the Lord Chamberlain. BACK
 John Lack (1739–1824), Secretary to Charles Jenkinson, 1st Lord Liverpool (1729–1808; DNB), President of the Board of Trade 1786–1803. Lack was the uncle of Edward Southey’s common law wife. BACK
 Probably to meet John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford (1766–1839; DNB), the patron of Herbert Hill’s living at Streatham. BACK