2321. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [2 November 1813]

2321. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [2 November 1813] ⁠* 

Dear Grosvenor

I can dine with you on Thursday, if it suit your arrangements. Your dinner will help to settle the oaths upon my subject stomach. – I do not see how I would give you any day but this, without staying in town on purpose. Let me come in the character of Bootes, [1]  & this will suit my convenience in a matter of some interest: – for I shall then be able to go from the Chamberlains office [2]  to Chelsea to make inquiry about Edwards wife. [3] 

Let me find a note in Q Ann Street on my return.

God bless you


Tuesday 8 o clock


* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer
Stamped: Twopenny/ Unpaid/ Marybne
Endorsement: 2 Novr. 1813
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25. ALS; 3p.
Dating note: Tuesday was 2 November in 1813. BACK

[1] Possibly a reference to the constellation Bootes, ‘the Waggoner’; and thus to Southey’s intention to arrive by carriage. BACK

[2] Southey had to visit the Lord Chamberlain’s Office to take the oath as Poet Laureate. BACK

[3] The Miss Lack, whom Edward Southey claimed to have married. In fact, no marriage had taken place; see Southey to Edith Southey, 5 November [1813]. BACK

People mentioned

Southey, Edward (1788–1847) (mentioned 1 time)

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