2982. Robert Southey to [Thomas Courtenay], [30 April 1817]*
My dear Sir
I am engaged every day during my short stay in town, – otherwise I should very gladly have accepted your invitation to Clay Hill. Do not think of looking for one who is so constantly in motion as I am, – I will call at your office some morning, that I may not leave town without having the satisfaction of shaking hands with you. – Thank you for your Tract on the Poor Laws  – which I shall find on my return.
Believe me my dear Sir
Yrs very truly
Q Anne Street. Wednesday Morning.
* MS: The Historical Society of
Pennsylvania. ALS; 1p. (c).
Note on correspondent: the content indicates the correspondent is Thomas Courtenay, who lived at Clay Hill, Beckenham.
Dating note: Dating from content. The letter belongs to the first Wednesday Southey spent in London prior to departing for his continental tour of 1817. BACK