270. Robert Southey to William Bowyer Thomas, 11 November 1797
270. Robert Southey to William Bowyer Thomas, 11 November 1797 *
Saturday. 11. Nov. 1797.
My dear Thomas
I am now anxious to see you. my Mother has met with a person to take the house — & furniture at a fair appraisement — thus is the greatest difficulty removed, & I should hope the whole business may soon be settled, with little trouble to you, & little expence to my Uncle.
We returned from Bristol yesterday; it is my intention to go to town on Monday the 20th & keep the term the ensuing day. if you hold your intention of entering at Grays Inn — we may dine there together.
perhaps the remainder of this paper cannot be better employed than in sending you Mrs Barbaulds  lines to Coleridge.
I hate metaphysics as much as Mrs B. can do. but her these verses are trite. an old allegory — & the <patchd with> shreds of Coleridge with which she has patched it. I like the idea of “things of life, obvious to sight & touch, fade to the hue of shadows.” it is well conceived & well expressd — but the half line, “all glowing round,” adds nothing to the picture — & destroys the meaning, by contradicting directly what follows.
let me hear from you. my Mother must not commence another quarter here.
God bless you.
* Address: For/ Mr W B Thomas/ with —— Downes Esqr/ Hereford
MS: Beinecke Library, Robert Southey Collection, GEN MSS 298, Box 1, folder 32. ALS; 4p.