2376. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 4 February 1814

2376. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 4 February 1814 ⁠* 

Feby 4. 1814

My dear Grosvenor

The post arrives so late; that I have barely time to acknowledge the half-bills. [1]  – I shall soon send you two books of Roderick, [2]  & also some of my inscriptions, of which five are written. [3]  You will see my thundering Ode in the Courier [4]  – No doubt the M. Chronicle will fire away at it. [5] 

Oh that you had been here on Tuesday morning to have heard the roaring of the Ice upon Derwentwater!



* Address: To/ Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer/ Westminster
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 7 FE 7/ 1814
Endorsement: 4 Feby. 1814
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] i.e. half-banknotes – a secure way of sending money in the post, by tearing banknotes in half and sending the two halves separately. BACK

[2] Roderick, the Last of the Goths (1814). BACK

[3] Southey only completed 18 of his planned 30 inscriptions on the heroes and battles of the Peninsular War. They were not collected until the last lifetime edition of his poetical works in 1837–1838. BACK

[4] ‘Ode Written During the Negotiations with Bonaparte’, Courier, 3 February 1814. The poem contained the five stanzas cut out of Carmen Triumphale as too controversial. BACK

[5] The Morning Post, 8 January 1814 had severely criticised Southey’s Carmen Triumphale. BACK