3739. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 19 October 1821

3739. Robert Southey to Henry Herbert Southey, 19 October 1821⁠* 

My dear Harry

I received a letter from Edward on Wednesday, when I happened to be engaged with company, & therefore could not reply to its request by return of post: & Thursday, you know, our letters do not set off for town. I write now to Bedford desiring him forthwith to send you ten pounds, which you will transmit to him: You will let me know in what state he is. From the account he gave of a former illness I think it very probable he may be consumptive. When this money is expended I will supply him with more, as long as he is in a condition to need it. Then of course, – but it is better to say it to you than to him. I do not write to him because my franker [1]  is not in London, – & the postage may as well be saved. Tell him this.

Love to Louisa

God bless you

RS.

Keswick. 19 Oct. 1821.


Notes

* Address: To/ Dr Southey/ 15. Q Anne Street/ Cavendish Square/ London
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 22 OC 22/ 1821
MS: Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, KESMG 1996.5.117. ALS; 2p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] John Rickman, who, as a senior civil servant, had the privilege of free postage. BACK

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