2774. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, 27 April [1816]

2774. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, 27 April [1816]⁠* 

Saturday 27 April.

My dear Tom

I received the books to day. – There can be no possible objection to my sending you any or all of the books, which come to me from Murray: – & indeed you are near enough now to receive also a regular supply of such as are my own. The only difficulty about Murrays is to know when I have done with them. [1] xxxx

You will be glad to hear that I am better in bodily health, & that I employ myself assiduously, & with good effect. I was very much reduced in strength, but am regaining it, by the help of tonics & regular exercise. I have the best consolation – & know how to make the best use of it, – & I have many blessings left, – great & abundant blessings. I am therefore thankful & resigned. May you never experience a like affliction, [2]  – but if it should be so allotted, may you derive the xxxx <same> consolation from the same source. – I cannot speak of Ediths conduct in higher terms than it deserves.

Love to Sarah.

God bless you



* Address: To/ Capt Southey RN/ Warcop Hall/ near Appleby
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
MS: British Library, Add MS 47890. ALS; 2p.
Dating note: Dating from content, this was written shortly after the death of Herbert Southey; 27 April fell on Saturday in 1816. BACK

[1] Southey refers to books sent to him to aid him in writing his reviews in the Quarterly Review. BACK

[2] The death of his son Herbert on 17 April 1816. BACK

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