2895. Robert Southey to [Robert Harry Inglis], 6 January 1817

2895. Robert Southey to [Robert Harry Inglis], 6 January 1817⁠* 

Keswick. 6 Jany. 1817

My dear Sir

The books which you have been so kind as to send me have this day arrived; – I thank you sincerely for this memorial of a man so highly to be esteemed & so much to be regretted. [1]  – The last time I saw him was on xx one of the pleasantest days which I ever remember to have past, when after an excursion thro the wildest part of this country we dined in the kitchen of an old manor house at Elter Water, & poor John Calthorpe had driven a tandem there thro roads which no carriage perhaps had ever past before. [2]  – They are removed to a better state of existence; – & were it not for the duties which I have to perform, I could wish myself with them

In the course of spring I purpose journeying to London, if no unforeseen calamity should occur: & I look forward with much pleasure to the introduction which you are good enough to propose

believe me my dear Sir

yrs faithfully

Robert Southey.


* MS: Cornell University Library. ALS; 1p. (c).
Unpublished. BACK

[1] John Bowdler (1783–1815; DNB), Select Pieces in Verse and Prose (1816), no. 330 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. The work is in two volumes. BACK

[2] John Calthorpe (1793–1816), a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy. He was killed on 10 June 1816 in a riot in Jamaica. For a description of the excursion, see Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, The Collected Letters of Robert Southey. Part Four, 22–[23] October 1814, Letter 2492. BACK

Places mentioned

Keswick (mentioned 1 time)