2982. Robert Southey to [Thomas Courtenay], [30 April 1817]

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 [1]  – which I shall find on my return.

Believe me my dear Sir

Yrs very truly

R Southey.

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

[1] Thomas Courtenay, Copy of a Letter to the Right Honorable William Sturges Bourne, Chairman of the Select Committee of the House of Commons Appointed for the Consideration of the Poor Laws (1817). BACK

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