1175. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, 15 April [1806]

1175. Robert Southey to Mary Barker, 15 April [1806] ⁠* 

My dear Senhora I am in London at last after a fortnights absence from home – a week on my way, a week at Norwich. [1]  Yesterday I reached this place, & am now in all the hurry & bustle of arrival. Mr Hyde my tailor has this minute left me [2]  – I am about to look for a decent hat &c – & as you may suppose have little leisure as yet to write hepistles. The sole object of this is to beg you will send me Don Manuels letters that I may get them without delay into the press. [3]  The direction was given in my last – but you may have mislaid it & therefore I repeat it. enclose them to John Rickman Esqr. (there needs no inner enclosure to me) & enclose that to the Speaker – Right Honble The Speaker &c &c &c Westminster. [4] 

I had a letter from home yesterday & all was well. The weather is intolerable – I have far to walk & no great coat, & am out of humour & not in spirits –

God bless you

R Southey.

Tuesday 15. April


* Address: To/ Miss Barker/ Congreve/ Penkridge/ Staffordshire
MS: MS untraced; text is taken from Robert Galloway Kirkpatrick, ‘The Letters of Robert Southey to Mary Barker From 1800 to 1826’ (unpublished PhD, Harvard, 1967), p. 189. BACK

[1] Southey visited William Taylor in Norwich on his way to London. BACK

[2] A tailor frequented by Southey when he was in London; his first name and dates are unknown. BACK

[3] Southey had asked Mary Barker to provide some material for Letters from England by Don Manuel Alvarez Espriella; Translated from the Spanish (1807); see Southey to Mary Barker, 26 January 1805 (Letter 1027) and 27 November 1805 (Letter 1126). BACK

[4] The Speaker of the House of Commons, Charles Abbott, who had the power to frank mail, a power Rickman, his secretary, used on Southey’s behalf. BACK

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