2469. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 19 August 1814 *
Keswick 19 Aug. 1814
My dear G.
Still you misunderstand either my meaning, or the nature of blank verse, & conceive cadences & contractions to be irregularities, which are perfectly regular; & employed ad libitum,  without being intended to produce any particular beauty of effect, by Milton & the Elizabethan Dramatists, – as any page of any one of them will abundantly prove. 
I have added about 30 lines at the close of the 21st section  with the best effect. This section having no action of its own (thoughx necessary to prepare & render probable the temper of Julian at his death) could only be made to finish well by what a common place critic would pronounce a bathos, – by passing from passion to repose: & this by the use of description made subservient to moral feeling, is I think well effected
Knox  is pickling himself in the sea, but returns to Keswick in a few days. He improves upon acquaintance – & we like him well. – He prays for an English dedication, – & as the only two persons who have seen the intended one agree in this, I suppose they fairly represent the general opinion. So English let it be.  – I had nearly forgot to thank you for the European  & your good offices therein. There are two <is one> inaccuraciesy – I did not go to Westminster till 1788. – & my engagement with Corry is represented a little too complaisantly to the Irish Chancellor, whose real tho secret intention was to convert me into a tutor for his son.
God bless you – I have a table covered with proof sheet, & letters to be answered
 Roderick, the Last of the Goths (1814) was to be dedicated to Bedford. Southey had vacillated between writing a Latin or English dedication. Although he preferred the former, Bedford, to whom a Latin version had been sent, wished for the latter; see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 17 July 1814 (Letter 2461) and 7 August 1814 (Letter 2467). BACK
 A ‘Memoir of Robert Southey, Esq.’ and a portrait ‘Engraved by Blood, from an Original Drawing by Edridge [Henry Edridge (1768–1821; DNB)], in the Possession of G.C. Bedford, Esq.’, European Magazine, 66 (July 1814), -5. Southey’s date of entry at Westminster was mistakenly given as 1787. BACK