2962. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, 1 April [1817]

2962. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, 1 April [1817]⁠* 

My dear Tom

I cannot tell when you will see us. Yesterday night I was compelled to decide whether I would purchase this property or see it cut up in small lots for building. I chose the former, tho I have literally not a hundred pounds in the world. But what with mortgage & so forth I believe not more than 500£ will be required at first which Wordsworth will lend me till Xmas. & by that time, by dint of exertion I hope to be able to repay him.

Of course I cannot leave home till this business is concluded, & of course must give up my foreign expedition for which I cannot afford the money & much less the time. For I must put the Hist. of the War to press without delay. [1]  Neither shall I go to London. I shall come to you for a fortnight (bringing some work) & if possible bring the young ones. This as soon as I can, that is as soon as the desk business is compleated.

God bless you

RS.

3 1 April

I inclose a draft for 25£.


Notes

* Address: To/ Capt Southey/ Warcop Hall/ near/ Brough
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Endorsement: 1 Apr [1821]
MS: British Library, Add MS 47890. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished.
Dating note: Dating of the year is from contents. BACK

[1] Southey’s History of the Peninsular War (1823–1832). BACK

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