2962. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, 1 April *
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.  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
3 1 April
I inclose a draft for 25£.