2667. Robert Southey to Mary Matilda Betham, 7 November 1815

2667. Robert Southey to Mary Matilda Betham, 7 November 1815 ⁠* 

15, Queen Ann St, Cavendish Square,

7 November 1815

I meant fully to have written when we were here on our way to Flanders but was literally unable from the incessant hurry & bustle of business & society in which I was involved. You know what this is, & will therefore excuse an apparent but unavoidable neglect. We are once more in town & now I trust we shall meet. Write to me & speak to me at all times with entire confidence. my advice may be worth nothing, but upon my discretion & the sincere good will with which I shall listen & reply you may rely in full assurance. I hate & distrust professions & therefore never make them, but if you have not found out that I am glad to see you & to hear from you & that I take a proper interest in what concerns you, you must then know less of me & of human character than I give you credit for having.

I have neither Russian nor Cape interest – but may perhaps make some in the latter quarter when you tell me how it is to be solicited. [1] 

Remember we expect you next summer at Keswick to compensate for this year’s disappointment. Edith’s love.

God bless you.



* MS: MS untraced; text is taken from Ernest Betham, A House of Letters (Norwich, 1905)
Previously published: Ernest Betham, A House of Letters (Norwich, 1905), pp. 158–159. BACK

[1] Southey makes clear he has no influence in either British interests in Russia or the colony at Cape of Good Hope. Betham could have been soliciting help for one of her many brothers. BACK

People mentioned

Fricker, Edith (1774–1837) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)