2563. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 3 March 1815
2563. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 3 March 1815 *
My dear Grosvenor
What I meant to do has taken the form of an Inscription for the blank leaf of your Book.  Upon reading it you will perceive why I feel it better to send it to you, than directly to Mr Roberts.  – My minor poems are now in the press in a collected form; shall I insert this among them?  The Inscriptions xxx are printed, but this may easily be added to them. You Remember that my can judge what his feeling what would be concerning this, which is the only thing to be considered. And now I must charge you to express my thanks for the morocco copy,  – I delayed doing it in order to send the verses, & now that they are written I should not know to speak of them. I trust to you to make this appear as it is, – & not take any disrespect. The book has found a family place in my library, next to your Musæus. 
I shall probably be able to improve these lines, – & perhaps you may help me to do it.
God bless you
3d. March. 1815.
<Written in the Volume of Letters & Miscellaneous papers by
<Recd. the corrections in here from R.S. of 18 March 1815.> 
* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer./ 3 March 1815
Endorsement: March 1815
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25. ALS; 2p.
 i.e. for Grosvenor Bedford’s Letters and Miscellaneous Papers … With a Memoir of His Life (1814) of his cousin Barré Charles Roberts, who had died in 1810 aged 21. The poem was not published until it appeared as ‘Written in an unpublished Volume of Letters, and Miscellaneous Papers, by Barré Charles Roberts’, Poetical Works, 10 vols (London, 1837–1838), III, pp. 157–159, where it is mis-dated ‘Keswick, 1814’. BACK
 Southey had originally planned to send the poem to Roberts; see Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 1 March 1815, Letter 2561. BACK
 i.e. a copy of Bedford’s Letters and Miscellaneous Papers bound in red morocco leather and with gilt leaves; no. 2371 in the sale catalogue of Southey’s library. BACK
 Musaeus, the Loves of Hero and Leander, Greek and English, by G. C. Bedford (1797). Southey possessed two copies, nos 1896–1897 in the sale catalogue of his library. One was described as ‘russia, gilt leaves’; the other as ‘Presentation Copy, uncut’. BACK
 knowledge: Throughout the poem all deletions and insertions are in another hand, probably Bedford’s. BACK