2762. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 19 April 1816

2762. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 19 April 1816 ⁠* 

My dear R.

I was prepared for the worst, & know how to bear it, having much practical philosophy, & much real religion – which stands me in better stead. Time will do the rest. My bodily frame is sorely shaken, – but this will soon be remedied. Much happiness is left me, – more than falls to the lot of most men, – & I never can be too thankful for having so long enjoyed that which is now lost. [1] 

God bless you


Friday 19 April


* MS: Huntington Library, RS 277. ALS; 1p.
Previously published: Orlo Williams, Lamb’s Friend the Census Taker. Life and Letters of John Rickman (Boston and New York, 1912), p. 178 [in part]. BACK

[1] Southey’s only son Herbert had died on 17 April. BACK

People mentioned

Southey, Herbert (1806–1816) (mentioned 1 time)


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