130. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [1 July 1795]
130. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [1 July 1795] *
My dear Grosvenor
I am hard employed that I may soon visit you. in getting forwards with Joan, & as more than three parts of the poem will be entirely rewritten you may suppose this is no light task. as soon as I shall be a fortnight before the press I will absent myself for that time.
do you know Grosvenor I hate the idea of coming to see you for a fortnight. poor Seward — I thought to have seen him this summer. you know I detest the idea of writing upon a lost friend — yet the frame of mind so occasiond will tinge what we are employed upon. these lines are in the first book.
speaking of the old hermit Bizardo.
I think of him Bedford when alone — methinks a man has no right to gloom a company with his own melancholy feelings.
Cottle my bookseller (a good man & one whose liberality might rescue the fraternity from all obloquy —) is soon coming up to town — chiefly to get a good frontispiece engraved. this is the subject. it requires to be well designed & by a man of genius.
And this my dear friend is what I am doing at Bristol! as for the future — I can only hope that it will be — the future in rus.
however I earnestly hope & labour to be with you in a fortnight. & then you shall know what I am doing & how I hope to live.
I am very earnest to see Wynn. God bless him!
Strachey has got the Greek Epigrams. I have heard well of him from Billsborrow (who wrote those lines prefixd to the Zoonomia). 
remember me to C Collins. it is a twelvemonth since I have either seen or heard of him.
that twelvemonth has been a very busy one — & has improved my head & heart whatever effect it may have had on my happiness.
write to me Grosvenor. the sight of your handwriting rouses a long train of associations of the pleasing order.
I have put your name & titles to decorate my list & lengthen it. but as I wish you to have a specimen of our B[MS torn] binding as well as typery — you must let me provide your [MS torn]y. the list of subscribers is at Cadells  — & as they no longer belong to me I feel a more earnest wish to lengthen it. the book will be out by the 1st of January.
fare you well.
* Address: G C Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster/
Postmark: AJY/ 2/ 95
Watermarks: Figure of Britannia; COLES/ 1794
Endorsements: Recd. July 2. 1795; 2 July 1795
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22. ALS; 4p.
Previously published: Kenneth Curry (ed.), New Letters of Robert Southey, 2 vols (London and New York, 1965), I, pp. 97–98 [in part; second extract from Joan of Arc not reproduced]. BACK
 A revised version of these lines appeared in Southey’s Joan of Arc, An Epic Poem (Bristol and London, 1796), p. 22. BACK
 A revised version of these lines appeared in Southey’s Joan of Arc, An Epic Poem (Bristol and London, 1796), pp. 33–34. BACK
 Dewhurst Bilsborrow’s (dates unknown) poem appeared in Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802; DNB), Zoonomia; or, the Laws of Organic Life, 2 vols (London, 1794–1796), I, pp. [vii]–viii. BACK