2964. Robert Southey to [Edward Nash], 4 April 1817

2964. Robert Southey to [Edward Nash], 4 April 1817⁠* 

My dear Sir

Senhouse has just left me, & we have finally decided upon taking our departure for London on Tuesday 22d – so that I shall look for you, God willing, on the 24th. [1]  – I have been very much harassed about this house & property, which is likely to be sold under an Extent, [2]  – & at one time I believed that this circumstance would prevent my journey. Indeed I had actually given it up. However there is no use in anticipating vexations, & I will let this deprive me of a journey from which I expect so much pleasure.

All here unite in love.

Believe me

Yrs affectionately

Robert Southey.

Keswick. 4 April. 1817.


* Address: To/ Edward Nash Esqre/ 6. George Street/ Hanover Square
Postmarks: [1 illegible]; 2 o’Clock/ 8 AP/ 1817 ANn
MS: Manuscripts and Archives Section, New York Public Library, Lee Kohns Collection, Box 15. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Nash was to be a fellow traveller on the continental tour that Southey and Senhouse made in May-August 1817. BACK

[2] Greta Hall had suffered from the complicated financial and legal entanglements of its owner, Samuel Tolson Jnr (dates unknown); a creditor had taken out an injunction (an ‘extent in aid’) against him, seeking recompense by forcing a sale of the estate. BACK

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Keswick (mentioned 1 time)
Greta Hall/ Greeta Hall (mentioned 1 time)