1001. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, [c. 11 December 1804]

1001. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, [c. 11 December 1804] ⁠* 

Dear Harry

I lose no time in informing you that according to Commodore Hoods [1]  Letter to the Admiralty the Lieutenant who was killed was Lt. Heyman. a Midshipman & 7 men fell also. [2] Bedford has a brother in the Admiralty, from whom this comes – but how the Devil is the paragraph in the Whitehaven paper [3]  is to be accounted for, which specifies the death of the Master, who is a native of that place? I will write to the Editor to know on what authority his information comes.

Give you joy of your honours! they are worth more than Oxford has to bestow in as much as they proceed from the general opinion. Your election for the Medical [4]  is in the Iris today. [5]  – I write in haste not to lose the post.

God bless you




* Address: For/ H. H. Southey Esqr/ to the care of Mr Guthrie. Bookseller/ Nicholson Street/ Edinburgh/ Single
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: DE/ 1804/ 11
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Don. d.3. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Commodore (later Vice-Admiral) Sir Samuel Hood, 1st Baronet (1762–1814; DNB), in command of the fleet in which Thomas Southey served. BACK

[2] Thomas Southey’s ship, HMS Galatea, a fifth-rate 32-gun frigate, had, on 14 August 1804, made an unsuccessful attempt to cut out the French privateer General Ernouf (formerly the British sloop of war Lilly) lying at the Saintes near Guadeloupe. Of the 90 men sent on the mission, 65 were killed or wounded, and Southey suspected that his brother was among the dead. The first lieutenant had been reported as dead, but Thomas was absent from the raid because he had been placed under arrest. Charles Hayman (d. 1804) was made first lieutenant in his stead and died in the attack. BACK

[3] The Cumberland Pacquet and Ware’s Whitehaven Advertiser. BACK

[4] Harry had been elected President of the Medical Society in Edinburgh; see Southey to Joseph Cottle, 16 December 1804, Letter 1003. BACK

[5] The Iris; or, Norwich and Norfolk Weekly Advertiser was the Norwich newspaper edited, from 1803–1804, by Southey’s friend William Taylor. BACK

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