3737. Robert Southey to [James Hogg], 19 October 1821*
Feldborg tells me he shall see you on his way to Edinburgh. I take the opportunity which this offers to tell you that I am glad you are married glad to hear that you have a child,  & that I heartily wish you long life, & continued happiness.
A writer in Blackwoods Magazine says the Lake Poets sneer at every body.  He lies. – I sneer at no one – except Mr Jeffrey. What I say of any man, I would just as readily say to him. And what I say of the Ettrick Shepherd ever since I have known him & his writings, is that I admire & esteem & like him.
If I ever come to your Lake, or you to mine,  – or wherever else we may meet again (as I hope we shall do) it will give me great pleasure to shake you by the hand.
God bless you & yours.
Keswick. 19 Oct. 1821.
* Address: To/ The Ettrick
MS: National Library of Scotland, MS 2245. ALS; 2p.
Previously published: Mary Garden, Memorials of James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd (Paisley, 1844), pp. 194–195. BACK