2885. Robert Southey to Miss Maynard, 23 December 1816*
Keswick, 23 Dec. 1816.
I am very much obliged to you for the manuscript music. The ears which nature has given me are of no use when music is the case, – but my eldest daughter has some allotment of a sense in which I am deficient, – & the tune seems to give pleasure to all who hear it.
Mrs Bonamy  informed me that Mr M. Coates was, at that time, hopelessly ill. I have not seen him since I had the pleasure of meeting you at his table, – & probably he is no longer an inhabitant of this world!  Of my other Bristol friends very <so> few are now remaining, that I do not think I shall ever have heart to set foot within my native city again. – Should you ever visit this part of England (the most beautiful part of it) it will give both Mrs Southey & myself great pleasure to show you the environs of Keswick.
Believe me my dear Madam
* Address: London, Twenty Sixth
December, 1816 Miss Maynard, 6 Portland Place, Clifton, Bristol. Free.>.
MS: MS untraced; text is taken from the MS facsimile reproduced in George Birkbeck Hill, Talks About Autographs (London, 1896)
Previously published: George Birkbeck Hill, Talks About Autographs (London, 1896), pp. 92–94. BACK