3757. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 10 December 1821*
Keswick. 10 Dec. 1821
My dear Grosvenor
I must urge you to an act of unexpected trouble, – which will however discharge you of all farther trouble with my three per cents.  It is to transfer the whole sum there standing in my name to John May, as soon as you & he can make arrangements to meet for transacting the business.
John May is one of my best, oldest & dearest friends. I have a long account with him, chiefly on the score of my Life Insurance,  – xx he stands <in need> at this time (owing to the most culpable imprudence of a brother  in Brazil) of all the money he can muster. And if those were thousands instead of hundreds, he should have them.
You would have been very intimate with him long ere this, if I had had means of bringing you together as often as I should have wishd to do. He will weather this storm at the cost of much anxiety, & much temporary inconvenience.
Give him a note to say you have received these instructions xxxxx from me. His address is 4. Tavistock Street. Bedford Square. – I am very sorry for the trouble which this gives you, & would take ten times as much to spare it you, – or requite you for it in kind.
And now to work for Gifford.
God bless you
* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqre/ Exchequer/ Westminster
Stamped: KESWICK/ 298
Postmark: E/ 18 DE 18/ 1821
Endorsement: 10 Decr. 1821/ Transfer. Mr May’s/ Address
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 26. ALS; 2p.