2504. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 25 November 1814

2504. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 25 November 1814 ⁠* 

My dear G.

I think you may venture this package safely by the Twopenny post to Streatham, as that Post has a good sort of conscience, & carryeth (if I mistake not) a packet of this reasonable bulk without any unreasonable charge.

Roderick [1]  may reach me on Monday next: but perhaps the carriers may delay it a week or more beyond that time. Longman hears it highly spoken off of, & the first edition will probably go off soon – but as for any great sail, – any pocket filling gale of popularity, it ‘stands not within the compass of belief.” [2] 

You may give your Godson a Westminster Greek Grammar, [3]  – which as the best dictionary of anomalous verbs will save him some trouble.


25 Nov. 1814


* Endorsement: 25 Novr 1814
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25. ALS; 1p.
Unpublished. BACK

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

[2] A paraphrase of Macbeth, Act 1, scene 3, lines 73–74: ‘to be king/ Stands not within the prospect of belief’. BACK

[3] A Greek Grammar for the Use of Westminster School, a popular and much-reprinted textbook. BACK

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