3739. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 19 October 1821*
My dear Harry
I received a letter from Edward on Wednesday, when I happened to be engaged with company, & therefore could not reply to its request by return of post: & Thursday, you know, our letters do not set off for town. I write now to Bedford desiring him forthwith to send you ten pounds, which you will transmit to him: You will let me know in what state he is. From the account he gave of a former illness I think it very probable he may be consumptive. When this money is expended I will supply him with more, as long as he is in a condition to need it. Then of course, – but it is better to say it to you than to him. I do not write to him because my franker  is not in London, – & the postage may as well be saved. Tell him this.
Love to Louisa –
God bless you
Keswick. 19 Oct. 1821.