321. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 3 June 1798

321. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 3 June 1798 ⁠* 

Sunday 3d. June. 98. Norwich

Grosvenor you will suspect me of coldness – of an indifference to what concerns & interests you. not so Grosvenor. your first letter followed me here & arrived not till late on Thursday night. I answered it the next morning – but a blunder of Harry detained it from that days post – & then came in the Saturdays post office sabbath. it would be useless now to send it – because your after letter implies other meaning & makes me incline to unthink what I then thought. so I will bring it in my pocket to vouch that I had not neglected you: & I will then return your last.

I have no opinion to give upon the conversation you have related. it requires a previous knowledge of her [1]  character to guess at her feelings – & one must have seen <observed> the look – & voice – all the symptoms. you know how you should proceed. if you have any hope go to Ely. if you think on longer reflection that there be none, stay at Brixton.

I have been here since Wednesday evening – & wanted only one person to have been compleatly comfortable. In William Taylor I find every thing to admire & love; as far as short experience can justify – & when you see a man at home, you see him most fairly.

Grosvenor I have been interrupted & have to dress for a distant visit. I will send this lest you should suspect me of neglect.

God bless you.

Robert Southey


* Address: To/ G C Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer / London
Stamped: NORWICH
Postmark: B/ JU/ 4/ 98
Endorsement: 3 June 1798
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 23. ALS; 3p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] An unidentified woman to whom Grosvenor Bedford was attracted. BACK

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