3548. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 30 October 1820

3548. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 30 October 1820⁠* 

My dear G.

I may as well take this opportunity of telling you, if by any chance you should have not have been at the Chequers this day or two, that I inclosed a letter for you to Rickman, requesting him to give it into your hands, – which letter, containing a valuable inclosure, would reach him this day (Monday) – & I hope you also. [1] 

Murray has been out of town, & will I believe put the P. War to press without delay. [2]  I wish the proofs to be transmitted thro Rickman, because his pencil notes will often be of great use, as they were in the Brazil. [3]  If you like to keep a set of proofs you can arrange that matter with W Nicol. [4]  I shall be very glad to read the first. – Is it not likely that Kennedy [5]  may have some papers which would be of use? – recollections I was sure he must have which would be of more value than office documents, if they could be got at, – I mean of facts showing the difficulty of his department, the temper of the people &c –

God bless you


30 Oct. 1820.


* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre
Endorsements: 30 Octr. 1820; 30 Octr. 1820
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. d. 47. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] See Southey to John Rickman, 27 October 1820, Letter 3545; and Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 27 October 1820, Letter 3544. BACK

[2] Southey’s History of the Peninsular War (1823–1832). BACK

[3] Southey’s History of Brazil (1810–1819). BACK

[4] William Nicol (d. c.1855), printer and bookseller. The History of the Peninsular War (1823–1832) was printed by Thomas Davison (1766–1831), the usual collaborator of its publisher John Murray, not by Nicol. BACK

[5] Possibly Sir Robert Hugh Kennedy (1772–1840), Commissary-General during the Peninsular War 1809–1814. BACK

People mentioned

Rickman, John (1771–1840) (mentioned 2 times)