3283. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 19 April 1819*
My dear Grosvenor
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.
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.
God bless you
Keswick 19 Ap. 1819.
 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
 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