3283. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 19 April 1819
3283. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 19 April 1819*
My dear Grosvenor
Sara Coleridge has just received a letter from Hartley announcing that he is elected Fellow of Oriel,  – you need not be told the importance of this intelligence to all his family
I fear my intended journey must be put off sine die.  This tardy abscess  continues in the same state, it is more than three weeks since it began to appear, & it is impossible to guess when it may end. This is very unfortunate in every way. And in spite of all exertions it is as you may well suppose a heavy weight upon my spirits, – which God knows, needed no <additional> burden to depress them, – for no man has a larger lot of xxxx cares in reversion.
You run away wildly from my meaning about the Westminster meeting,  as if I had meant to undervalue my Westminster friends, – whereas what I meant was that it would be no pleasure to me to meet a number of men, most of whom I never saw, many of whom I did not care a straw for, & some of whom, if I rememberd them at all, it would only be with dislike, – for tho I have a proper love for the very walls of Westminster, it by no means follows that I should have a regard for all who have Westminster men, some of whom were great beasts in the Westminster sense of the word.  I have been more than usually fortunate in retaining two lasting friendships from the intimacies found there,  – xx there are perhaps two or three more which might ripen into something more than <familiar> acquaintance if opportunity offerd, – - but only one which would ever be again become a friendship. I think if Strachey were in my neighbourhood we should draw together by attraction – as we did thirty years ago.
I have sent off something to Gifford this evening for the lucre of gain. 
Herries must be much gratified by the honours which have been shown to his fathers memory.  He has been a fortunate man in having both parents live to a good old age. I hope his children may <all> be equally favoured, – & this is the best wish that I can form for him & for them. 
Your godson thrives surprizingly, – more so than any of his predecessors. Poor child, I did not wish for him, – but he is welcome now he is here, – & will I doubt not be well provided for in this world, or in the next. Go when I may he will find friends, even if I should be called away before I have made a fair provision for him. – Yesterday I received a circular letter desiring me to subscribe to a monument for Burns at Edinburgh.  I must be paid better as a living poet before I subscribe to build monuments for dead ones. And were I overflowing with wealth I would never contribute to such a purpose while any deserving man of letters was in distress
I had nearly forgotten to request you to pay Osiris for a certain machine  which I commissioned him to send me down. – We must trouble Murraylemagne with no inclosures for his parcels in future. He is too great a man to be made use of for such purpose, – & that greatness is communicated to his people, – they throw such things aside & forget them. However I have had nothing from him since Feby. 4.  The discovery which he has made of my disposition I think may be explained thus; – he learnt, I believe, that I had expressed a strong disapprobation of the system of Blackwoods Magazine, & wrote rather warmly (not angrily) to ask why I would not assist him in it: I told him in reply  how I abhorred the use of such personalities as that Magazine abounded with, – Murraylemagne was very shortly involved in some scrapes by the very fault which I had objected to, – & glad to get rid of his share in the concern.  And I dare say, he likes me the less for having been right when I differed from him in opinion about it.
I hope Henry is recovered. – Thank you for the trouble you have taken about Landors obdurate verses.  His Latin is marvellously difficult.
God bless you
Keswick 19 Ap. 1819.
* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ 9. Stafford Row
Endorsements: 19 April 1819; 19 April 1819
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. d. 47. ALS; 4p.
 Hartley Coleridge had been elected a Probationary Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford, for one year, on 16 April 1819. BACK
 Southey was concerned about his wife Edith, who had been ill since the birth of Charles Cuthbert Southey on 24 February 1819. BACK
 An annual reunion in London of ex-pupils at Westminster School, the school that Southey attended 1788–1792. BACK
 Bedford and Charles Watkin Williams Wynn. BACK
 Possibly Southey’s article ‘Cemeteries and Catacombs of Paris’, Quarterly Review, 21 (April 1819), 359–398. BACK
 John Herries (1745–1819), a merchant, and Colonel of the London and Westminster Light Horse Volunteers, had died at Hastings on 3 April 1819; the Morning Chronicle, 9 April 1819, announced that his ‘remains are to be brought to town and interred with military honours’. He was buried in Westminster Abbey on 17 April 1819 and a memorial erected in his honour. Herries’s wife was Mary Ann Johnson (dates unknown). BACK
 Herries and his wife Sarah, née Dorington (1787–1821), eventually had six children: Sir Charles John Herries, financier (1815–1883); Sarah Herries (1816–1824); Captain William Robert Herries, of the 3rd Light Dragoons (1818–1845); Isabella Ann Herries (1818–1897); Maria Julia Herries (1819–1857); and Edward Herries, diplomat (1821–1911). BACK
 Robert Burns (1759–1796; DNB), Scottish poet. A meeting in London in 1819 had formed a committee to raise funds for what became the Burns Monument in Edinburgh (1831). BACK
 A machine to give patients mild electric shocks. It was being used on Edith Southey; see Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 7 April 1819, Letter 3279. BACK
 Since the parcel containing Quarterly Review, 19 (July 1818), published on 2 February 1819. BACK
 Robert Southey to John Murray, 7 October 1818, The Collected Letters of Robert Southey. Part Five, Letter 3201. BACK
 Murray had taken a share in Blackwood’s Magazine in 1817, but had been horrified by the public controversy and legal actions caused by the attack on Hazlitt in ‘Hazlitt Cross Questioned’, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, 3 (August 1818), 550–552, as well as the Magazine’s denigration of William Gifford and Thomas Moore. In March 1819 he severed his connections with the publication. BACK
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