130. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [1 July 1795] *
My dear Grosvenor
I am hard employed that I may soon visit you. in getting forwards with Joan, & as more than three parts of the poem will be entirely rewritten you may suppose this is no light task. as soon as I shall be a fortnight before the press I will absent myself for that time.
do you know Grosvenor I hate the idea of coming to see you for a fortnight. poor Seward — I thought to have seen him this summer. you know I detest the idea of writing upon a lost friend — yet the frame of mind so occasiond will tinge what we are employed upon. these lines are in the first book.
speaking of the old hermit Bizardo.
I think of him Bedford when alone — methinks a man has no right to gloom a company with his own melancholy feelings.
Cottle my bookseller (a good man & one whose liberality might rescue the fraternity from all obloquy —) is soon coming up to town — chiefly to get a good frontispiece engraved. this is the subject. it requires to be well designed & by a man of genius.
And this my dear friend is what I am doing at Bristol! as for the future — I can only hope that it will be — the future in rus.
however I earnestly hope & labour to be with you in a fortnight. & then you shall know what I am doing & how I hope to live.
I am very earnest to see Wynn. God bless him!
remember me to C Collins. it is a twelvemonth since I have either seen or heard of him.
that twelvemonth has been a very busy one — & has improved my head & heart whatever effect it may have had on my happiness.
write to me Grosvenor. the sight of your handwriting rouses a long train of associations of the pleasing order.
I have put your name & titles to decorate my list & lengthen it. but as I wish you to have a specimen of our B[MS torn] binding as well as typery — you must let me provide your [MS torn]y. the list of subscribers is at Cadells  — & as they no longer belong to me I feel a more earnest wish to lengthen it. the book will be out by the 1st of January.
fare you well.
* Address: G C Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster/
Postmark: AJY/ 2/ 95
Watermarks: Figure of Britannia; COLES/ 1794
Endorsements: Recd. July 2. 1795; 2 July 1795
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22. ALS; 4p.
Previously published: Kenneth Curry (ed.), New Letters of Robert Southey, 2 vols (London and New York, 1965), I, pp. 97–98 [in part; second extract from Joan of Arc not reproduced]. BACK