1601. Robert Southey to [Charles Danvers] [fragment], 15 March 1809

1601. Robert Southey to [Charles Danvers] [fragment], 15 March 1809 ⁠* 

Wither [1]  a man of some consequence [MS missing] his signing the requisition at the late Ele county Election. he is of the family of old George Wither the Poet. [2] 

My next letter I hope will tell you of the arrival of the unborn [3]  & I shall be sorry if the name of Danvers should again be to be laid aside for another opportunity. About a month ago Edith was seriously & alarmingly ill, – & we all expected that premature labour would have [MS missing]

I need not tell you with what pleasure we look on to your coming at Midsummer, when you & I shall once more travel over the mountains & ride & tie in the cork-waistcoat. We have a good story for you about that piece of cloathing – how it served for a straight waistcoat for Count Burnetski, – who certainly seemed to stand in need of it –

God bless you

yrs affectionately

R Southey.

March 15. 1809. Keswick.


* MS: Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, B23022. ALS; 2p.
MS note: Only the lower section of the first folio survives. BACK

[1] A relation of Catherine Hill. BACK

[2] George Wither (1558–1667; DNB). BACK

[3] Bertha Southey was born on 27 March 1809. BACK

People mentioned

Southey, Bertha (1809–1877) (mentioned 1 time)
Fricker, Edith (1774–1837) (mentioned 1 time)
Hill, Catherine (1775–1848) (mentioned 1 time)

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)