3222. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 21 December 1818*
Keswick 21 Dec. 1818.
My dear Harry
I never open a letter from those who are near & dear to me without some degree of apprehension that its contents may it may bring ill tidings for myself I It is well that the child was so young, – that the illness was not protracted, – & that the loss is reparable.  – Give my love to Louisa & to Mary Anne,  & tell them that affliction is good for us when it leads us to look for consolation to the right source.
It would have been a great grief to me if this illness had proved fatal to Edward. It was when he was in the most winning age of childhood that I first saw him: & there is xx much of his father about him; – & I have given him a place in my heart which would not easily be filled again.
God bless you
* Address: To/ Dr
Southey/ Queen Anne Street/ Cavendish Square/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 24 DE 24/ 1818
MS: Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, KESMG 1996.5.94. ALS; 2p.