198. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 30 January [– 2 February] 1797 *
January 30th. 1797.
My dear Grosvenor
Whether I shall be with you on Thursday or Friday next cannot be determined to day. your book arrived yesterday. the translation is much improved since you sent me the manuscript. perhaps an entertaining supplementary half sheet might be added containing a his poetical history of the story — probably the multiplicity of poems written on the subject might furnish some idea good enough or bad enough to merit preservation.
I sent you my book  yesterday. some of the sheets of the fine copies have been mislaid by the printer — who I think has compleatly disgraced himself by the blunders he has made. I was obliged to cancel sixteen leaves. I have reserved fine copies for you & Horace.
Enough of books & printers — I have now no time to add more than that you may expect me in Palace Yard tomorrow evening. I go in the morning coach of Friday — & shall probably be with you within ten hours after you receive this.
farewell — God bless you.
* Address: For/ G C Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster/
Postmark: BFE/ 3/ 97
Watermark: [Obscured by MS binding]
Endorsement: 30 Janry 1797
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 23. ALS; 2p.