3583. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 16 December 1820*
My dear G.
Thinking that you may like to see the inclosed letter,  which will sufficiently explain itself, I send it open to you, instead of sealing it for the twopenny post, – to which you will consign it when you have read it at leisure. It is written to a youth, quite uneducated, but of great genius, & half mad with poetry. He tells me he is in a hard, but no ways lucrative employment. 
I am going to dine with our new Vicar.  Goodenoughs brother-in-law. Pardon So if a letter from you should arrive by this days post you will understand why it is not acknowledged. More hexameters tomorrow 
God bless you
16 Dec. 1820
 James Lynn (1776–1855), Perpetual Curate of Strood 1805–1814, Rector of Caldbeck 1814–1820, Vicar of Crosthwaite, Keswick, 1820–1855; he had married Charlotte Alicia Goodenough (1782–1822) in 1805. Her father, Samuel Goodenough (1743–1827; DNB), was Bishop of Carlisle 1808–1827, which may well explain Lynn’s appointment to Crosthwaite. BACK