3186. Robert Southey to William Wilberforce, 1 September 1818*
Keswick. 1 Sept. 1818.
My dear Sir
I am almost as much a fixture as my great neighbour Skiddaw himself, – so that whenever you visit Keswick you will be certain of finding me. Last Saturday was the first wet day which we have had since the first week in May; – a longer continuance of fine weather in this country than any person can remember. And yet we have had no drought as in the South, – just rain enough for the fields & gardens, which in other places are parched up. The clouds have risen this evening, & we have at this moment some of those beautiful appearances which a stranger would think well purchased by a wet day. I hope this is indicative of another change.
Believe me my dear Sir
yrs with the greatest respect