3494. Robert Southey to Wade Browne [fragment], 19 June 1820
3494. Robert Southey to Wade Browne [fragment], 19 June 1820*
Streatham. 19 June. 1820
My dear Sir
I send you two letters for my friend Wade,  – one to the Minister at Constantinople – the other to the Secretary of Legation. They are both from my Uncle, & I believe it would not be possible to obtain a better introduction than his name will carry with it both to Ld Strangford  & to Bartholomew Frere. But it is better to have too many than too few, & before I leave town it will be in my power to send you a second packet.
You will have seen that I have been L.L.D’d at Oxford,  an honour which adds these letters to my title-pages, but nothing to my name, there being already one Doctor in the family. My reception at Oxford was in the highes[MS missing] degree flattering – so much so as to have made me wish at the time that those who are near & dear to me had been present to have witnessed it [MS missing] How the children would have been astonished to see me in a crimson gown with rose-coloured-silk sleeves & a beef-eaters hat!
I shall set out on my return on Wednesday the 28th. Oh how heartily glad I shall be to feel myself once more at home & at rest! I may truly <say> that the quietest time which I have past since I left your hospitable roof, has been when I was actually upon the road. – Out to breakfast, out to dinner, day after day has been the course of my life, & all day long upon the pavement or the road. You may well suppose that I am miserably tired.
Remember me most kindly to Mrs Browne & your daughters  [remainder of MS missing]
 Wade Browne (1796–1851), only son of Wade Browne and later a country gentleman at Monkton Farleigh in Somerset. He had graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1819 and was travelling in Europe and the Near East. BACK
 Percy Smythe, 6th Viscount Strangford (1780–1855; DNB), Ambassador to Portugal 1808–1814, Sweden 1817–1820 and the Ottoman Empire 1820–1824. BACK
 Southey was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law by the University of Oxford on 14 June 1820. BACK