1196. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 27 June 
1196. Robert Southey to John Rickman, 27 June  *
I heard that Mrs R. was ill  – but not in a way to alarm me from Bedford – Since your note – indeed last evening came a letter from him in which he does not mention her. As ill news never fails to find it’s way, I conclude that this silence augurs well – but will pray you to tell me so yourself.
A certain Uncle of mine is just dead who if he had died intestate must have left large estates to me. Not dying intestate he has left every thing away. Good part goes to another Uncle, who is unmarried, & with whom I am on promising terms, – but his life is a better one than mine.
My seal is at Grasmere, but has not yet reached me.  I wish I may like it as well as I do yours
God bless you –
Saturday 27 June.
* Endorsement: 1806
MS: Huntington Library, RS 91. ALS; 1p.
Dating note: year from pencil endorsement possibly not by JR; RS gives ‘Saturday’ BACK
 Susannah Rickman had suffered a miscarriage shortly after Southey left London; see Southey to Mary Barker, 26 May 1806, Letter 1187. BACK