21. Robert Southey to Thomas Phillipps Lamb, 5 August 
21. Robert Southey to Thomas Phillipps Lamb, 5 August  *
Bath. Sunday August 5th
I have taken the liberty to send the foregoing song in case you survey the bounds of Portslade as you purposed.
we have had an odd circumstance happen at a funeral last week which tho’ much talked of the corporation endeavour to suppress. Mr Foreman  one of their number some years back emprisoned a poor man & treated him in a manner particularly unfeeling — the man at length obtaind his release & vowed should he survive Mr F. he would be revenged upon him [MS torn] Foreman last week died & early on Friday morning did the [MS torn] with only one mourner to follow it — the procession however was soon increasd — for the survivor (not forgetful of his vow) joined it driving six asses in pairs with each a bit of black crape fastened round his neck & trained in the slow mute step — these mourners followed to the churchyard & whilst the ceremony was performing were arranged on each side the entrance like so many mutes. the corporation wisely take the insult to themselves & wish to stop the report — but many people saw it & all talk of it.
Will you give my best compliments to Mrs L & tell her I am happy she has had the measles at last — believe me your much obliged humble servant
I am glad you have discarded the old gray.
* Address: Thomas Phillips Lamb Esqr/ Mountsfield Lodge/ Rye/
Postmark: AU/ 6/ 92
MS: Duke University Library, Southey papers. ALS; 4p. (c).
Previously published: John Wood Warter, Selections From the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856), I, pp. 13–14. BACK
 A paraphrase of sentiments associated with Thomas Paine (1737–1809; DNB), The Rights of Man (1791–1792). BACK