3630. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 9 February 1821*
9 Feby. 1821 Keswick
My dear G
Substitute revered for excellent if you think it best.  – I cannot make a better beginning, nor indeed do I think it would be more courtly for being more circuitous.
The alteration in the last sentence must run thus – “& that the blessings &c – may under your M’s protection be transmitted to posterity &c – not from generation to generation, for that expression becomes improper if his M. be put in
Two proofs of the Preface, & as many of the notes go back by this nights post. I expect two more, & then the whole will be compleated. Consign the full dressed copy which is for my Master to the Dog-Star’s care.  I wished him to have presented it, but he wishes to put it into Sir Wm Knightons hands, a man very able to serve him in the only way in which he can be served, & apparently disposed to do it; & who will be flattered by being employed on such an occasion. -
The Almanacks came yesterday & I am charged to return thanks in the best manner.
God bless you
* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer/ Westminster
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 12 FE 12/ 1821
Endorsement: 9 Feb. 1821
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 26. ALS; 3p.
 These changes were made in the ‘Dedication’ to A Vision of Judgement (London, 1821), pp. vi, viii. It would have been improper to use ‘from generation to generation’ in reference to George IV, as he had no surviving children. BACK
 Southey wrote a few notes for a oronation Ode, dated ‘Feby 9. 1821’ in his notebook, now at Huntington Library, San Marino, HM 2733, f. 126r. But he did not get beyond this and no ode was written for the coronation on 19 July 1821. BACK