3503. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 2 July 1820*
Keswick 2 July. 1820
My dear Grosvenor
Here I am once more safe, & sound, at my desk & by my own fireside. I found all well, God be thanked: the children perfectly recovered, & Cuthbert much grown, much improved & walking about. A few minutes seemed to bring me to his recollection, & he comes already to see the pictures & hear the language of all the beasts with as much delight as he used to do.
We were fortunate in our journey, tho it began with such likelihood of extreme heat. A thunder shower at midnight compleatly changed the temperature. But the previous heat had overcome my Aunt, & instead of finding her at Birmingham I received a letter telling me she was unable to proceed from Bristol. I hope she has taken courage with the cool weather.