My dear friend
You have herewith a second letter  pretty well filled. One great charm of biography is that it preserves the history of domestic manners, which is only to be got at incidentally, – & yet is of so much value that every fact relating to it, however trifling, is noticed with pleasure. I am so fond of it that it may peradventure lead me sometimes out of my way. You see I am fairly engaged in the task, – & the time will not be ill bestowed even tho I should sometimes borrow it from other employments.
My letters will be the better for this seasonable arrival
God bless you
15 Aug. 1820.
* Address: To/ John May Esqre/ 4. Tavistock Street/ Bedford Square
Stamped: Penny Post/ unpaid/ [illegible]Westm[illegible]
Postmark: 2o’Clock/ 18.AU/ 1820 A.N.n
Endorsement: No. 214/ 1820/ Robert Southey/ – 15th August/ recd. 18th do./ ansd. 13th November/ with his 2d autobiographical/ letter.
MS: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin. ALS; 2pp.
Previously published: Charles Ramos (ed.), The Letters of Robert Southey to John May: 1797–1838 (Austin, Texas, 1976), p. 188. BACK