2666. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, 1 November 1815 *
London. 1 Nov. 1815.
My dear Tom
Here we are, thank God alive & well, after a long journey, & a bad passage, – 12 hours from Calais – from 6 at night till 6 in the morning, eight of those hours under bare poles in mid-channel, the men declaring they never saw the sky look dirtier. Our route was Ostend – Bruges, Ghent – Brussels, Waterloo – Les Quatre Bras & Ligny – Namur, Huy – Liege, Spa, Vervier, Herve, Aix la Chapelle, (where we were detained six days by Shedaws illness) – Maestricht, Tongres, Louvain, & Brussels again. Thence a second time to Waterloo, for the purpose of having some sketches made by Nash, an artist who was one of our companions throughout the whole journey. From Brussels to Mechlin, Antwerp, Ghent, Courtray, Menin, Ypres, <Poperinghe> – then upon French ground thro Bergues, Dunkirk & Gravelines to Calais. Never was time more fully employed, & I hope not often has it been better spent. I have brought home a full & minute journal,  which occupied almost every moment that I was not either travelling, in motion, eating, or sleeping. The Doctor we never met till we came here to Q Anne Street.
I have not yet seen my Uncle.
God bless you