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. 
God bless you
Friday 19 April