314. Robert Southey to George Strachey, 11 May 1798

314. Robert Southey to George Strachey, 11 May 1798 ⁠* 

Bath. May. 11. 98.

My dear Strachey

I learn from Wynn that you are shortly about to quit the kingdom, so shortly indeed that I shall not see you before your departure. but you must not go without receiving my wishes for your welfare. little intimate as we have been of late years, I have always thought of you with affection – & feel now that I am losing a friend.

I have desired Cottle to forward my book [1]  to you immediately. it will not occupy much room in your luggage, & it may sometimes remind you of one who will often think of you as his earliest friend.

God bless you Strachey. & may you return from India with as uncorrupted a heart as you will carry there!

yrs truly & affectionately

Robert Southey.


* Address: To/ George Strachey Esqr/ Crown Street/ Duke Street/ Westminster
Postmark: E/ MA/ 12/ 98
MS: Somerset Record Office, DD/SH/67/29. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Probably a copy of Joan of Arc (1798). BACK

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