74. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [before 18 December 1793]

74. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [before 18 December 1793] ⁠* 

Grosvenor this very shabby paper but I am in a hurry. past two o clock — off at three for Bristol & must pack up.

I have found out a friend for us. he has a letter for you. when I wrote it I was not <so> well acquainted with his merit. you will probably see him this week. Mr Lovell Mr Bedford &c. you are introduced.

my dear Grosvenor do see him. he will show you some incomparable poems <with> which I have been delighting myself for this last two hours. & now we are a triumvirate. & now for a paper! ecce iterum Gualbertus.  [1]  & volumes of poems. NB. he is very moderate in democracy & no politician in poetry. so you two must curb me.

do not hesitate & think of propriety & reserve. Lovell is going to marry a very amiable woman. you know you & I have but one mind. & as I have approved of him of course you will. now you should have a good ode if I had time.

you will pardon my freedom in introducing you. or you will thank me.

show him the Witch of Endor [2]  &c. you will not quarrel upon any subject. not even upon our old stumbling block.

now God bless you. I hope to find a letter. make my respects to all your good family.

yrs most sincerely

R Southey.

who would think we should find a third! now for home & no dinner — but I will feed on thought & the belly ache.


* Address: Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster/ Single
Stamped: BATH
Postmark: EDE/ 18/ 93
Watermark: [Obscured by MS binding]
Endorsement: Recd. 18th Decr. 93
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22. ALS; 3p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] A paraphrase of Juvenal (fl. AD late C1 and early C2), Satire 4, line 1. The Latin can be translated as ‘Here’s Gualbertus again’. John Gualbert (c. 995–1073) was the founder of the Vallombrosian order. The pseudonym ‘Gualbertus’ was used by Southey for his controversial attack on flogging as an invention of the devil in the fifth issue of The Flagellant (29 March 1792). BACK

[2] A poem by Grosvenor Charles Bedford, based on 1 Samuel 28: 4–25. BACK

People mentioned

Lovell, Robert (1771–1796) (mentioned 2 times)
Bedford family (mentioned 1 time)
Fricker, Mary (1771–1862) (mentioned 1 time)