3174. Robert Southey to John Hill Lovell, 29 July 1818 *
Keswick. 29 July. 1818
Mrs Coleridge, having opened your letter in her husbands absence, has desired me to reply to it. We do not know Robert Lovells residence, but a letter will be forwarded to him, free of postage, if it be sent under cover to John Rickman Esqre, St Stephens Court, New Palace Yard, Westminster. It is thro this channel that we communicate with him. He is at present in the employ of Mr Hansard,  Printer to the House of Commons, – & if industry, frugality, good principles, & good conduct could insure success in life, I am happy to say that I do not know any person who would have a fairer prospect.
I am Sir
* Address: Fisher, King & Lovell/
Bristol/ Paid./ J.H.L.
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
MS: Cornell University Library. ALS; 1p. (c).
Previously published: S. T. Townshend Mayer, ‘Robert Southey and Robert Lovell the Younger’, Notes and Queries, 4th series, 5 (1870), 171. BACK