2476. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [2 September 1814]
2476. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [2 September 1814]*
My dear Grosvenor
Recepi.  – I thought I had told you of the March to Moscow. Are you aware that the copy in the Courier was castrated of a rare stanza, in which Roscoe was the rhyme to Moscow.  I did not like to publish any thing which would make a man laughed at for his vile politics, who is a thoroughly worthy man in all other points, & for whom I really feel much personal respect. Some day, if you are disposed to have a perfect copy, I will send it you; another stanza was added while I was dressing the other morning, in which the Edinburgh Prophet was <is> brought in. 
By this time doubtless you know that both Knox  & Herries were called back sooner than they expected. Of the latter in consequence I saw very little, merely a call on his part, & another on mine just before his departure. I directed him to Waswater the right way, & he let Hutton  take him the wrong. I have had a volunteer guest since whom I was not sorry to get rid of. Fredk. Eden, Lord Henleys son, – a well-informed man, – but who does not improve upon farther acquaintance. 
I shall be anxious to hear the success of your memorial to the Treasury – Where there is any disposition to do a good thing, the equity of the claim is a powerful plea – Here again there is reason to regret Perceval – who seems as much out of remembrance as if he had died before the flood.
There are three more proofs of Roderick  still due. I am less hopeful about its reception than you appear to be, & between ourselves, have a strong indisposition to begin another poem, which looks very much like the feeling of a man whose prime is past. However when once the sea is broken all will go on well.
God bless you. Remember me to the Mag-rot – to your Mother & Miss Page
* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer/ Westminster
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 5 SE 5/ 1814
Endorsement: 2 Septr 1814
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25. ALS; 3p.
 ‘The March to Moscow’, a ‘droll ballad’, published in the Courier, 23 June 1814. For the suppressed stanza see Southey to John Rickman, 15 June 1814, Letter 2442. BACK
 As published in Southey’s final collected edition, the stanza also took a swipe at Brougham. It read: ‘And Counsellor Brougham was all in a fume/ At the thought of the march to Moscow:/ The Russians, he said, they were undone,/ And the great Fee-Faw-Fum/ Would presently come/ With a hop, step, and jump unto London./ For as for his conquering Russia,/ However some persons might scoff it,/ Do it he could, and do it he would,/ And from doing it nothing would come but good,/ And nothing could call him off it./ Mr. Jeffrey said so, who must certainly know,/ For he was the Edinburgh Prophet./ They all of them knew Mr. Jeffrey’s Review,/ Which with Holy Writ ought to be reckon’d:/ It was through think and thin to its party true;/ Its back was buff, and its sides were blue/ Morbleu! Parbleu!/ It served them for Law and for Gospel too’; see Poetical Works, 10 vols (1837–1838), VI, pp. 218–219. BACK
 John William Knox (1784–1862), an usher at Westminster School 1806–1821, clergyman and Latin scholar. BACK
 Thomas Hutton (1745–1831) acted as a guide to visitors to Keswick and owned his own natural history Museum in the town. BACK
 Frederick Eden (d. 1823), barrister and writer on international relations, was the eldest son of Morton Eden, 1st Baron Henley (1752–1830; DNB). BACK