2721. Robert Southey to John Rickman [fragment], [c. 21 February 1816] *
We have had an Avalanche from Skiddaw, of which so little has been heard that tho it is two months old I never went to see it till this day. An immense mass of snow came rolling down, & a mass of wreck after it, sufficient to bury Applethwaite beck for two or three hundred yards, the stream is now making its way under this mass, – that is under an arch of snow, – the crust in many places has fallen in, & the scene is a very singular one. The Avalanche was large enough to have buried a village had there been one there [remainder of MS missing]
* Address: To/ John Rickman Esqre/ St Stephens Court/ New Palace Yard/
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: FREE/ 24 FE 24/ 1816
Endorsement: Novr. 1816
Seal: red wax, with ‘S’, ‘In Labore Quies’ motto below
MS: Huntington Library, RS 268. AL; 2p.
Dating note: Dating from content; the avalanche mentioned in Southey to Wynn, 21 February 1816, Letter 2722. This was clearly written around the same time.
Note on MS: the endorsement is misdated. BACK