1436. Robert Southey to [Mary Matilda Betham], [late March 1808]

1436. Robert Southey to [Mary Matilda Betham], [late March 1808] ⁠* 

My dear Madam,

Unluckily I am engaged to breakfast on Friday in Upper Seymour Street, & have afterwards to reach Stockwell to an early dinner. Saturday I go to St Mary’s Cray, [1]  & return on Monday, – on Tuesday I will be with you at half past ten, [2]  – if it suit you; – if any other morning be more convenient to you, it will be equally so to me.

I am very much obliged to you for your little volume. [3]  It contains so much of what is really good that I hope the same powers will one day be employed upon something of greater extent.

Yours respectfully

Robert Southey.

Wednesday morning.


* MS: Pforzheimer Collection, New York Public Library, Misc MS. 3573. ALS; 1p.
Previously published: Ernest Betham, ed., A House of Letters: Being Excerpts from the Correspondence of Miss Charlotte Jerningham (the Honble. Lady Bedingfield), Lady Jerningham, Coleridge, Lamb, Southey, Bernard and Lucy Barton, and others, with Matilda Betham; and from Diaries and Various Sources; and a Chapter upon Landor’s Quarrel with Charles Betham at Llanthony (London, 1905), p. 104.
Dating note: Date based on details of Southey’s visit to London at this time. BACK

[1] A village in Kent to the southeast of London, in which Peter Elmsley lived. BACK

[2] To sit for his portrait in miniature. BACK

[3] Betham had published Poems in 1808. BACK

People mentioned

Elmsley, Peter (1774–1825) (mentioned 1 time)