3070. Robert Southey to Charlotte Broome, 28 January 1818 *
Keswick. 28 Jany. 1818
A letter like yours requires no apology, – I understand but too well the feeling in which it has originated.  Something I will certainly send you, which if it should not exactly suit its intended purpose, may rest among your papers: when this may be, it would be unwise to promise, – for I must first be satisfied with the thought, & then with the execution. But it shall be borne in mind, & I shall feel myself in debt till it is done.
It is curious that I should never till this evening have known that Clement Francis  was the nephew of my old acquaintance Capt Burney, – in the fumes of whose pipe I have passed so many a pleasant evening hour! Had I known this, I should not have found it necessary to make enquiry concerning him some three months ago of Mr Wilberforce.  His late host at the Grange  was desirous of sending him a pot of honey as a mark of respect, – a circumstance which pleased me much, as saying a great deal for both parties.
Believe me Madam
* Address: To/ Mrs Broome/ Under the Hill/ Richmond/ Surry
Postmarks: E./31 JA 31/1818; 10 o’Clock/ JA. 31/1818 F.N.n
Seal: black wax; arm raising aloft cross of Lorraine
Watermark: B. E. & S. BATH/ 1814
MS: Morgan Library, MA 63. ALS; 2p.