1433. Robert Southey to Thomas Southey, [28 March 1808] *
My dear Tom
God be thanked my stay in this hateful town is well nigh at an end. At three o clock – that is within the next twenty minutes the cart comes which conveys the land division of books to the waggon. At ten tomorrow comes a waggon for those who go by sea, & in all 21 tea chests, & a box as big as two.  A pretty labour it has been to pack them, & ten times worse it would have been, if I had not taken it leisurely, & done something towards it, more or less, every day.
Tomorrow at four in the afternoon I start for Salisbury, & Friday leave Salisbury for Taunton. Monday I hope to get to Pooles, & either Tuesday or Wednesday to Bristol. I think you had better not join me at Stowey, because you could not come so near Mr T Southey without offending him. – unless you went on.
When we meet you shall hear the whole history of four weeks spent in incessant labour of one kind or other. I have not written to Lloyd because it has been absolutely impossible unless the time had been stolen from sleep. Neither you nor any one else who has not seen it – can conceive how unremittingly I have been busied in one way or other –
God bless you